This was the first
Grateful Dead promotional/head shop poster. It was printed in 1967,
and designed by the late Robert Fried. This image is prominently
displayed in "The Art Of Rock", plate 2.190.
The poster that we are offering is in flawless condition. It is our
opinion that less than ten of these beautiful posters exist in this
condition. This poster was printed on a translucent plastic, so that
it could be displayed in a head shop window, and light would filter
through it. It was a sound idea, and the effect of the light is
stunning. However, from a longevity standpoint, this was not a very
good idea (but, who cared in 1967?). Almost all of these posters
have encountered one of the two following problems (if not both) over the
years...severe fading & cracking. The ink on the plastic stock is
tremendously sensitive to light, and cracks easily with age. Most
that survive today are noticeably faded or cracked. BUT, not this
one. It has been stored flat, and in a dark box for thirty-five
years. It is gorgeous,
and damn near a one-of-a-kind.
This poster measures approx. 15 1/2" x 20 1/2".