[Item #6227] Original Concert Poster: Quicksilver Messenger Service, Charlatans, Congress of Wonders (December 15-17, 1967). Quicksilver Messenger Service, Charlatans, Congress of Wonders, Alton Kelley, Stanley Mouse, Coles Phillips.
Original Concert Poster: Quicksilver Messenger Service, Charlatans, Congress of Wonders (December 15-17, 1967)

Original Concert Poster: Quicksilver Messenger Service, Charlatans, Congress of Wonders (December 15-17, 1967)

San Francisco, CA: Family Dog Productions, 1967. First Edition. Single Sheet. A poster (appx. 11&1/8" x 20&1/2") announcing a series of three "Dance" concerts headlined by the Quicksilver Messenger Service, along with the Charlatans & the Congress of Wonders, during December 15-17, 1967 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 (per King) with the noted American poster & album cover artist Alton Kelley (1940-2008, known as "Kelley"), & "Stanley.67/(Mouse Studio logo)" in very small facsimile black hand-lettering, numbering & illustration is found just below lower border of image between "San Francisco" & right-most performance dates compartments (see magnified image). According to the Talmudic scholarship we have consulted regarding this poster, it is a first-&-only printing. King, FD-96-OP-1, pg. 161. King writes: "The central image is a man seen from the waist up facing away from the viewer. Two bare arms are around his back. The source of this image is an early 20th-century illustrator named Coles Phillips (1880-1927, a popular American artist) who created this image apparently using only one person who wrapped his own arms around his back." (pg. 161) King has whimsically entitled this poster "Dance Dance." We note the particularly pronounced influence of the French Art Nouveau movement (think of Paris subway entrances, etc.) on Mouse & Kelley's artistry here, & the unusually narrow dimension of this production. A most elegant example of the Mouse-Kelley psychedelic style, here Highly (HaHa) impressed by a kindred predecessor method, from the end of autumn/ cusp of winter following the "Summer of Love" in its singularly rarest contemporary form. From the collection of Dion Wright (b. 1937), a most-respected 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. 5916). In our sharp-eyed & seasoned estimation, this poster is in relatively very fine condition with only mild-to-moderate rubbing, browning & occasional spotting to thin white blank outermost border, a bit of wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners- the entire printed recto image appears bright & substantially mint. 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 #6227]

Price: $220.00