Dwiggins on the Earth

In 1943, the Typophiles published 1,500 copies of The Crew of the Ship ‘Earth’, a parable about the good ship Earth by W. A. Dwiggins. Dwig printed it at his press in Hingham, Massachusetts—and scribed it too. Here is the eight-page volume.

5 thoughts on “Dwiggins on the Earth

  1. Greg

    The graphics and the idealism resembles early Buckminster Fuller.
    I can see how in the midst of World War one might wish for:

    > … all of us together on earth as a single community, all together sharing the same need, the same dangers, the same fate, the same hope …

    … this is just a projection of the safety experienced at home onto the rest of the world. But I’m afraid it is no more than naive globalism, maybe collectivism even. Instead one might more realistically wish for an end to vast impersonal nations with armies and parochial views to be projected over the rest of the globe.
    Let’s just be Good Individuals and cooperate person to person as we always will, without pretending that by banning together as nations we gain some divine authority to navigate everyone’s fate in one direction.

  2. Tom Parrett

    I got thrown a bit by his geographical exercise than ends in “finis,” but I guess he means between 74 and 91 miles in space, which how far you’d be if you traveled 8000 miles through the earth’s center, depending on your starting point. And that’s airless void.

    This is even more timely today, as we start to figure out the mess we’re making with human-caused global warming, and that future generations may have to find a more hospitable spaceship planet.