The Nation: You Can't Take It with You

Before he began serving a sentence for parole violation at Minnesota state prison at Stillwater, Richard C. Jackson had never been considered an artist. But in 2% years, the 53-year-old printer developed a keen aesthetic eye as well as an appreciation for shading, contrast and tone. Working laboriously in the prison's printing shop, convict Jackson came up with an amazingly good portrait of Andrew Jackson, a nice rear view of the White House and passable reproductions of the filigree found on a U.S. $20 bill. When his sentence expired in March, he loaded up a cardboard box with $16,000 in phony...

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