Orange envelope containing six pieces of paper, overall: 10 in. x 6 3/4 in. (25.4 cm x 17.1 cm)

SMS was intentionally designed without editorial commentary, yet founder William Copley’s The Barber Shop can be viewed as a statement on the core concerns of the publication. A bright orange dossier enclosing newspaper clippings, postcards, and legal documents presents Chicago barber Maestro Gerhard’s controversial fight with city hall to reproduce a drawing of the city’s iconic Picasso Sculpture. The Barber’s Shop reads like a legal brief on art copyright, a case study on the nature of image reproduction so central to the magazine’s own “original reproductions.”