Posters--Family Dog (Avalon Ballroom) and Related

Last updated 3/12/2024

NOTE: An asterisk (*) next to a description of an item indicates that more than one copy of that item is available.

FD #3, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, 3/25-27/66, Fillmore; black & white image by Wes Wilson with photo of shirtless man holding hands on forehead; third printing. NM-/VG+ $25.

FD #4, Love, Sons of Adam, The Charlatans, 4/8-9/66, Fillmore; early black & white poster by Wes Wilson, featuring early psychedelic lettering and old time image of reveling dancers. Nice NM third printing, 2 copies $25 each. (*)

FD #7, Daily Flash, Rising Sons, Big Brother & the Holding Co., The Charlatans, 5/6-7/66, Avalon; "Euphoria" poster by Wes Wilson with odd dancing figure. I am pleased to offer a rare FIRST PRINTING of this key poster, one of the great rarities in the Family Dog series. There are two versions of this poster; the more common (in my experience) black and white version and the rarer version which has a light green overprinting in the center image and lettering. This one is the green version and is the first extra I have ever had of this rarity. One odd thing about it is that the green overlay apparently was printed twice on this poster; once in the regular configuration and once upside down, so that there is more green in the top lettering area than on standard copies, and also a faint ghost image of the lettering in the bottom area of the poster. This is not really noticeable unless you know it is there someone had to point it out to me before I even noticed it. If you are seriously interested in this poster, I can send you an image to give you a better idea of what I am talking about. There has been some light restoration, filling pinholes and lightening a couple of minor stains and the like. Overall condition approaching VG+. Again, this is a major rarity copies have sold in the five figure range at auction. PRICE ON REQUEST. Let me know if interested.

FD #8, Blues Project, Sons of Adam, Quicksilver Messenger Service, 5/13-14/66; Wes Wilson's "Laugh Cure" poster; third printing, clean but with tape pull at very top of image, $10.00. Second copy, nice NM $25.

FD #11, Grassroots, Big Brother & the Holding Co., Buddha from Muir Beach, 6/3-4/66, Avalon; "Stone Facade" poster; Victor Moscoso's first poster; atypical B & W with photo of gargoyle from the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. I am fortunate to be able to offer two FIRST PRINTINGS of this poster. Copy #1 has had light restoration; pinhole cleanup, one small piece of paper replaced in the corner, and general paper cleaning. It has been restored to a very attractive VG+ and overall has a very pleasing appearance; if you are looking for a collection copy of this rare poster, this could be the one for you. Asking $1200. Copy 2, overall, colors and paper are good, nothing missing. It looks like a few pinholes in the corner outside the image may have been repaired at some point, leaving only a couple of very small rust spots, most likely from thumb tack holes. In the distant past, the poster was folded into quarters; however, the folds have been largely pressed out and are visible mainly on the reverse; the image obscures most of it on the image side. The overall appearance is very good. Asking $1000 for this copy. Or, for the budget conscious, I have a nice NM- second printing for only $20.(*)

FD #13, Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band, Oxford Circle, 6/17-18/66, Avalon; red background with black image of steer over heart, by Stanley Mouse. This was Stanley's first rock poster; NM 3d printing $30.

FD #15, Grass Roots, Daily Flash, Sopwith Camel, 7/1-3/66, Avalon; Wes Wilson's "Wonderland" poster with pink rays and jumping figure.....3d printing, NM $20.00.

FD #17, Jefferson Airplane, Great Society, 7/22-23/66, Avalon; Mouse's "snake lady" poster; second printing (17-2) with Bindweed Press credit; much scarcer than the third printing; a good collectint option for those who don't want to fork over a thousand or more for a first printing copy. This copy nice NM-, $185.

FD #25, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Great Society, 9/9-10/66, Avalon; brown photo of an old Indian with odd hair style; red lettering; Mouse Studios art. Nice NM third printing; $20.

FD #26, Grateful Dead, Oxford Circle, 9/16-17/66, the iconic "Skull and Roses" poster; no need to describe this image as it has been described and illustrated just about everywhere. I'm offering a SECOND PRINTING, my former collection copy, very solid VG+ with basically one staple hole in each corner well outside the image. Again, this is a SECOND printing (circa 1966 or so), not the relatively common third printing. According to Eric King's records, only 1000 of this printing were done, making it actually scarcer than a first printing. It is a Bindweed Press printing and exhibits the same rich reds as the original; in fact, it lacks the off-color blue mark that is characteristic of the first printing and according to poster lore was caused by a piece of tape being on the film or plate when the original was printed; the offending mark was removed when the second printing was made, making it actually the best looking of the three vintage printings from the point of view of print quality. I have owned this copy for probably 30 years and was presented with an opportunity to upgrade it a couple of years ago (for a small fortune), which I did. I see more first printings in the auction these days than I do the 26-2. Asking $3,750 for this copy; nice item for an advanced collector looking for this fairly rare printing, or for someone who likes the look of the original but does not want to pay an arm and a leg or more likely, his or her mortgage for an original.

FD #31, Daily Flash, Country Joe & the Fish, 10/20-21/66, Avalon; B & W poster with Stanley Mouse with photo of Edgar Allen Poe; first version with incorrect dates, NM-/VG+ (no pinholes), $275; VG+; also have a second copy, just in, beautiful NM copy with incorrect dates, aasking $225. (*)

FD #33, Grateful Dead, Oxford Circle, 11/3-4/66; Avalon; another classic design by Stanley Mouse featuring the Family Dog logo in the center surrounded by a field of stars. I have a NM second printing, beautiful condition. $95.00. A word if clarification here: This poster has the notation "33-3" in the lower corner; however Eric King lists this as the second printing/first reprint of this poster; there is no such thing as a "33-2" poster for this image. Consult Eric's guide for the printing history of the poster, which comports with my own experience.

FD #35, Daily Flash, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Country Joe & the Fish, 11/18-19/66, Mouse poster with blue background, red and white vertical stripes, and center image with old- time engraving of balloon decked out in American flags. Nice NM first printing, $225. Second copy, first printing, clean with no pinholes, one small light brown stain in image, $100; third copy, also a first printing, basically an average used copy with large tack holes in each corner, a little other basic general age, otherwise OK, would grade VG+/VG, $75 good price for a first printing. Also have a third printing pinholes and light paper age, $20. (*)

FD #37, Buffalo Springfield, Daily Flash, Congress of Wonders, 12/2-3/66, Avalon, San Francisco; pink background with yellow lettering, forming 3 stylized mountains (I think), one for each band, with a dancer on tip. Artwork by Ned Lamont. NM- copy, $150.

FD #41, Country Joe & the Fish, Moby Grape, Lee Michaels, 12/30-31/66, Stanley Mouse's poster with a beautiful drawing of a ship, mainly in blue, against a yellow background. First Family Dog New Years poster. FIRST PRINTING, maybe VG condition overall, with general age, corner pinholes, tiny 1/8" piece missing in upper RH corner (staple pull), and was displayed in a frame for a while, resulting in a bit of fading to the red color on the ship and the flowers at bottom center; other colors are OK; overall appearance decent, $75, very low price for a first printing.

FD #42, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Miller Blues Band, The Other Half, 1/6-7/67, Avalon; great early Moscoso poster with image of mercury against a khaki and yellow background. First printing with yellow ticket block at bottom, multiple pinholes in each corner but otherwise clean. Overall VG/VG+, $195.

FD #46, Country Joe & the Fish, Sparrow, Kaleidoscope, 2/3-4/67, Avalon; "Dance of the 5 moons"; beautiful poster by Victor Moscoso with blue background & green moon figures surrounded by orange lettering--nice early image. Offered here is one ORIGINAL copy, OP2 according to Eric King's guide. The poster has some light age resulting in slight darkening of the blue on the poster, resulting in some question as to what printing it was. I asked Eric King to personally examine it and he concluded that it was in fact an original as described above; reverse contains a lightly penciled note from Eric confirming that he has authenticated it as original. Overall condition is VG+/VG with average pinholes and some very small dings along the RH edge, probably resulting from careless rolling. Sounds worse than it really is. Asking $120 for this copy which would frame up nicely. I also have 2 NM/NM- copies which appear to be 3d printings based on paper thickness, per Eric King's book, these are $50 each (*).

FD #48, Big Brother & the Holding Co., Quicksilver Messenger Service. Oxford Circle, 2/17-18/67, Avalon; 2d annual Tribal Stomp; classic brown & black poster with lettering by Stanley Mouse and photo of James Gurley with feather in hair in center. 1 NM- copy, second printing per Eric King's book, $35.00.

FD #67, Charlatans, 13th Floor Elevators, 6/22-15/1967, Avalon; this is the second (middle poster) of the Charlatan's trio, brown border with photos of two band members, lettering by Rick Griffin; this is a second printing with full margins (not trimmed like the first printings), nice NM- copy, small tape removal mark on reverse in lower corner; front basically NM, a nice copy, $68.

FD #71, Charlatans, Youngbloods, Other Half, 7/13-16/67, Avalon, third and final image in the "Charlatans" series, spells out "TANS" with photo of Richard Olsen. First printing with narrow left edge, NM/VG+ very minor tape removal marks on reverse side; small hints of age, very nice copy overall. $300.

FD #87, Captain Beefheart, Blue Cheer, 10/13-15/67, Avalon; very nice, somewhat unusual color design by Jack Hatfield featuring lion and snow-capped mountain in background; NM- $57.50.

FD #89, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Sons of Champlin, Taj Mahal & the Blue Flames, 10/27-29/68, Avalon; Rick Griffin's psychedelic comic strip poster featuring individual panels featuring Griffin's Murphy character intermingled with impossible to decipher psychedelic drawings, all in full color. First printing per Eric King's description (missing the scratches described in later printings), VG+/NM-, no pinholes but has a light but noticeable diagonal crease in upper RH corner, $ 350.

FD #97, Siegel-Schwall, Blue Cheer, Soul Survivors, 12/21-23/67, Avalon; ugly collage with background photo of Yosemite Nat'l Park, moon, dressed-up cat, snarling black panther. Real meaningful. 2 NM copies $ 40.00 each (*)

FD #98, Jim Kweskin, Country Joe & the Fish, Lee Michaels, Blue Cheer, 12/28-30/67, Avalon; oversize long poster by Bob Schnepf featuring photo of nude woman in frog stance; green border, purple center with figure and lettering in orange and yellow. This and the next poster are harder to find in clean condition than some people realize. Because they are oversize, the majority of them tend to have dinged and damaged ends, corners and so on. 1 NM- copy (front NM, reverse has insignificant marks from removal of supposedly "archival" tape), $85.

FD #107, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Buddy Guy, Son House, 2/23-25./68; cartoonish drawing of lots of figures in front of mountain, sky and colors in background; so-so design; 1 NM poster $55.00.

FD #120, Youngbloods, Kaleidoscope, Hour Glass, 5/24-26/68, Avalon; John Thompson design featuring top half of topless woman; blue building made out of bricks and columns in the background; psychedelic sky. Nice NM- poster, $60.

FD #129, Country Joe & the Fish, Pacific Gas & Electric, Boogie, 7/23-25/68, Avalon; appealing B & W design with photo of nude woman in lotus position, with strategically placed rose. Has a light water drip stain on her right shoulder, otherwise clean. $35.

FD #130, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Howlin Wolf, Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, 7/26- 28/68, Avalon, B & W poster featuring a negative-image photo of a hippie dude havin' a smoke. 3 NM copies, $40.00 each. (*)

FD #132, Steppenwolf, Siegel-Schwall, Santana, 8/9-11/68, Avalon; yucko B & W poster with photo of cross in graveyard. NM- $30.

FD #133, Bill Haley & the Comets, the Drifters, Flamin' Groovies, 8/16-18/68, Avalon; photo of DJ Tom Donahue standing by an old gramophone with a poster on it showing the show info. VG+; minor tape removal pulls in upper corners, otherwise intact and clean. $25 good price.

FD #134, Spirit, Sir Douglas Quintet + 2, Notes From the Underground, 8/23-25/68, Avalon; Stanley Mouse design with light brown paper, art-nouveau type photo of woman holding up lettering reading "Spirit"; VG+; clean except for " tear in top center margin, does not intrude into image, and one pinhole in same location, also in margin. Otherwise clean and attractive, $30; good price.

FD #135, Youngbloods, It's A Beautiful Day, Initial Shock, 8/29-31/68, Avalon; B & W photo of odd drawing of leaves, butterflies, face, other stuff: ho-hum. Nice NM/NM- copy $35.00

FD #138, Steve Miller Band, Muddy Waters, A.B. Sky Blues Band, 9/20-22/68, Avalon; B & W horizontal image with distorted photo of face, slightly off centered, a lot of white in the background. NM $40.

FD #D-5, Buffalo Springfield, Eighth Penny Matter, 10/6-7/67, Denver, CO; great design by Bob Fried with grey background and great purple/pink/orange photo of cat in center; decent copy, no pinholes but one small smudge mark at LH margin outside image, solid VG+ overall, $ 35.00

FD #D-8, Allmen Joy Duane & Gregg Allman), Lothar & the Hand People, 10/27-28/67, Denver, CO; brown poster with ankh-like symbol in the center, Stanley Mouse art, cool early Allman Brothers-related item. Nice NMNM- copy, $75.

FD #D-11, The Other Half, Sons of Champlin, 11/10-11/67, Denver, CO; Stanley Mouse poster with central portrait of Alfred E. Newman flanked by a mushroom on one side and a mushroom cloud on the other. NM $60, 1 VG+ (tape stains in corners), $27.50.

FD #D-13, Jim Kweskin, Solid Muldoon, 12/1-2/67; Denver, CO; the "eastern" half of the "rainbow" posters (FD #95 is the western half); beautiful Griffin/Moscoso image. NM $40.

Paul Butterfield Blues Band reunion, Country Joe & the Fish, It Was A Beautiful Day, Canned Heat, Lee Michaels, Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Lenore Kandel, Diane Di Prima, Wavy Gravy, 10/1/1978, Greek Theatre, U.C. Berkeley, Family Dog "Tribal Stomp" reunion concert, there were several different posters or other items produced for this event; this one is a program poster that was handed out at the event (that's where I got my own copy); 11 5/16" x 17"; front has a great color Gilbert Shelton cartoon drawing of the Greek Theatre from the stage looking out to the trees in the background, with a band onstage and the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers in the corner saying "This Must Be The Place." It is one of my favorite Gilbert Shelton images. The right side has an add for KSAN featuring another Shelton image of a geeky looking guy with a briefcase confronting a big radio with little hands and feet, spouting the words "Long Live Rock and Roll!!" with an ad for KSAN down at the bottom. The reverse side, which could be folded in half (these are unfolded) contains the order of performance on one side and some spacy poetic rap on the other. 4 of them avaailable, all NM/NM- ; putting them out at $25 each. Very cool artwork. (*)

Paul Butterfield Blues Band reunion, Country Joe & the Fish, It Was A Beautiful Day, Canned Heat, Lee Michaels, Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Lenore Kandel, Diane Di Prima, Wavy Gravy, 10/1/1978, Greek Theatre, U.C. Berkeley, Family Dog "Tribal Stomp" reunion concert, poster by Stanley Mouse with green to blue split fountain background, orange border and lettering, and center brown-tone photo of a lot of the old band members circa 1966 standing in front of an old car. Cool poster for this fun event (I was there...); this poster was sold at the event as a commemorative, not actually posted for the show (as I recall). Nice NM $50.

Paul Butterfield Blues Band reunion, Country Joe & the Fish, It Was A Beautiful Day, Canned Heat, Lee Michaels, Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Lenore Kandel, Diane Di Prima, Wavy Gravy, 10/1/1978, Greek Theatre, U.C. Berkeley, Family Dog "Tribal Stomp" reunion concert, yet another poster for this event; this one is approx. 16" x 22" on thin glossy stock featuring pseudo-Greek lettering, and an image of two dancers, sort of like FD#4 but done, again in a pseudo-Greek style Greek Theatre, get it? My recollection is that these were actually posted to advertise the show, whereas the Mouse poster was sold there as a commemorative of the event. I have one NM/NM- of this version, asking $40.

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