Bix & Tram

1947 album cover illustration
2012 ltd. ed. (25) fine art print


Description is offering a limited-edition, archival-quality fine art print entitled BIX and TRAM, featuring one of the earliest album covers illustrated by Jim Flora. Released on Columbia Records in 1947, the cover features outlandish caricatures of two legendary bandmates from the 1920s “hot” jazz scene: cornetist Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke (1903-1931) and saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer (1901-1956). The cover was reproduced in our 2004 anthology, The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora.

Produced in 2012 by Flora archivist Barbara Economon, the print was meticulously crafted from a scan of a vintage printer’s proof of the cover held in the Flora family archive. The print image area is 15-1/2″ high by 16-1/4″ wide (larger than the original album cover), centered on 17″ x 22″ sheet.

Only twenty-five (25) prints of BIX and TRAM were produced for this edition. Each print was hand-numbered in the lower right corner beneath the image and authenticated on the reverse with the stamped seal of Jim Flora Art (a Flora family enterprise). The edition is sold out and prints are no longer available in wall display-sized format. The work may be offered in reduced form in merchandise items such as cards, calendars or folios, or commissioned as exclusive, premium-priced, custom-formatted single prints produced privately at our discretion.

The sale price of the final print was $300.00. Edition prints in private hands might appear on the secondary market, but we do not arrange such offerings and will not be personally involved in secondary sales.

The prints are on heavyweight (310g) mould-made William Turner stock, a natural white, 100% rag paper with a fine toothy surface manufactured by Hahnemühle, who are renowned for premium-grade archival papers. The edition was produced on an Epson 3800Pro large format printer using Epson UltraChrome K3 Pigment Ink Technology, resulting in brilliant, velvety color and offering excellent longevity and durability.

The print will ship flat, securely packaged and guaranteed against bending or dents. Print includes a detailed, custom-printed one-sheet with instructions for the proper care of this fine art reproduction.

Due to the fine art print’s higher-resolution process, as well as superior paper, inks, and quality control, the colors in the print appear brighter, crisper, and more vibrant than the online image. Online color appearance may vary slightly depending on your monitor settings.