Original Invitation to 2006 Art Exhibit, with Three Original 1996 Photographs. Charles Henri Ford, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Charles Plymell, Pamela Beach, Indra Tamang.
Original Invitation to 2006 Art Exhibit, with Three Original 1996 Photographs

Original Invitation to 2006 Art Exhibit, with Three Original 1996 Photographs

Norman, OK: The University of Oklahoma, 1996, 2006. First (Only) Printings. Folded card, developed photographs. A most wonderful package of artifacts with several very important Beat & literary associations: Consisting of an envelope postmarked October 19, 2006 mailed by Indra Tamang, photographer & long-time associate of Charles Henri Ford, to Charles Plymell & his wife Pamela Beach Plymell, friends of CHF & publishers of one of his works, Om Krishna. On the front of the envelope is affixed an address sticker with the name of Tamang & the address where he, CHF & his also famous sister Ruth Ford all resided- at the Dakota Apartments in NYC. By this time, CHF had died (2002) & Tamang was maintaining his apartment. On the back of the envelope is printed the name & address of the Museum at the University of Oklahoma. The envelope contains a three-fold card invitation to the opening reception of an exhibit held at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at The University in Norman, Oklahoma. The exhibit featured a series of painted portraits by Harold Stevenson; & photographs by Ford spanning many decades & subjects of his legendary life. In addition, there are three developed 4"x6" photographs inside the folded invitation, taken a decade earlier & mailed along with it by Tamang for the Plymells. One shows CHF with Charles Plymell in an indoor setting; another shows Allen Ginsberg with Charles Plymell also in an indoor setting; & a third shows Peter Orlovsky, poet & Ginsberg's longtime companion, Ginsberg, Pamela Beach Plymell & (in profile mostly from back at right edge) Charles Plymell. All three photos are mechanically dated "11 30 '96" at lower right front corner, & are signed on verso in pencil. The signatures are presumed to be Tamang's, also the presumed photographer. We have not seen these images reproduced anywhere else. A one-of-a-kind packet of mementos with multiple important subjects & associations. From, of course, the personal collection of Charles & Pamela Beach Plymell, from whom we obtained it. The invitation is in very fine condition, with only very mild wear to folds; very slight rubbing & soiling to three interior panels including trace of pencil signature from one of the photos; & a browning highlight over the last line of text on the back side of the card as folded (indicating credits to Ruth Ford & Tamang). Photos in very fine condition, with only the tiniest bumps at a few corners & edges. Envelope in near-fine condition with very mild rubbing & soiling to front & rear surfaces; mild creasing & wear at edges & corners; rear flap significantly creased & folded at bottom where opened. Very Fine. [Item #1853]

Price: $125.00