[Item #5227] Original Concert Poster: Greatful (sic) Dead, Sopwith Camel ("Frankenstein," August 19-20, 1966). Grateful Dead, Sopwith Camel, Bill Ham, Alton Kelley, Stanley Mouse.
Original Concert Poster: Greatful (sic) Dead, Sopwith Camel ("Frankenstein," August 19-20, 1966)

Original Concert Poster: Greatful (sic) Dead, Sopwith Camel ("Frankenstein," August 19-20, 1966)

San Francisco, CA: Family Dog Productions, 1966. First Edition, Third Printing. Single Sheet. A poster (appx. 14&1/4" x 20&3/8") announcing a concert with performances headlined by the Grateful Dead (here misspelled as "Greatful Dead"), along with Sopwith Camel, during August 19-20, 1966 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. The acclaimed American artist Stanley Mouse (b. Stanley George Miller, 1940) created the artwork & graphics reproduced here, in collaboration with the great American poster & album cover artist Alton Kelley (1940-2008, known as "Kelley"), & "Poster Design: Kelley-Mouse! (logo) Studios" in facsimile hand-lettering & illustration is found just below the right line-border near lower right corner (see image). Also credited for "Lights" is Bill Ham, among the foremost pioneers of the psychedelic light shows that were so exemplary of these early "acid rock" happenings, & who, as with Mouse, is still active as of this writing. According to the Talmudic scholarship we have studied regarding this poster (which is similar in its depth to that of our underground comix from this period), this copy is a third printing, with "(c) Family Dog Productions, 1725 Washington Street, San Francisco" & "No. 22-3" fine-printed at lower white margin, below bordered image. King, FD-22-RP-3, pg. 68. King has dubbed this poster "Frankenstein," & notes: "The central image is the head of the Frankenstein Monster. At this point the Grateful Dead still was without a logo, and Mouse and Kelley were looking (at) possible images that would serve that purpose. The Frankenstein Monster seems...close but not quite right." (pg. 69) Another far-out relic of the early psychedelic era that would come to full bloom the following year during the "Summer of Love," in its third-rarest near-contemporary form. From the collection of Dion Wright (b. 1937), a most well-regarded & prolific artiste & sculptor who was at the center of the scene that produced this & the many other iconic posters that symbolize a legendary time & place (see Wright's memoir, Tempus Fugitive, item No. 5008). In our sharp-eyed & experienced estimation, this poster is in relatively very fine condition with mild rubbing, browning all-but-exclusively to blank white margins/edges (image appears substantially mint); a touch of wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners esp. lower right corner. This item is too delicate to be rolled & must be shipped flat to assure no damage, therefore extra shipping costs will be required. Very Fine. [Item #5227]

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