This is a beautiful psychedelic
poster that features a photograph of the original Byrds (with David
Crosby). It is VERY popular amongst the many Byrds fans.
The print history of this poster is very confusing, and has presented a
challenge for collectors and dealers for some time. What follows is
our opinion, based on the interpretations of much more knowledgeable
The original/first print poster displays the following characteristic MOST
(but not all) of the time. In the lower right corner of the poster
there is a blue border line. On the inside edge (on the bottom 1" to
1 1/2") of this line the inking is such that it looks "rough". In
his "Guide", Eric King describes this characteristic as appearing to be
"saw teeth", and if this area is magnified, this description is very
accurate. In addition, the orange inking of this poster (or possibly
the color shade of the paper stock that was used) is somewhat
different/more pale than the reprint posters. This variation is most
easily detected in the area of the photograph behind the Byrds band
members (the "grassy field" area, if you will). On the original this
area has a somewhat hazy orange/yellow tint to it. On the reprints,
this area is whiter & brighter...cleaner. This is another case where
the posters would need to be inspected side by side, as the difference is
very subtle. As one would expect, this color characteristic is also
present in the original blank backed handbill, which was also printed
prior to the shows.
The second print poster exists in two distinct variations, but both are
part of the same print run. The first (we will call it Type A) has
three white dots in the blue triangle in the upper left corner of the
poster. The second (we will call it Type B) does not have these
dots. The posters are otherwise identical, and it has been our
experience that they exist in fairly equal quantities. These posters
vary from the original poster as discussed above, and were probably
printed shortly after the shows, early 1967 at the latest. If you
buy one of these posters on our website, please email or call us to let us
know which Type (A or B) you would prefer (if you have a preference).
Having made these comments on the second print posters, we are not sure
that the posters we are offering as second prints are actually reprints.
This hesitation is based on a comment from Eric King's "Guide", where he
indicates that the second print posters match the colors of the reprint
postcard. The second print posters we have do NOT match the card.
They more accurately match the colors of the original handbill. However,
we have decided to error on the side of caution and offer them as
The third print poster adds the number "26" to the "Wes Wilson '66"
printing credit in the lower right portion of this poster. It was
most probably printed mid to late 1967.
All printings of the BG 28 poster measure approx. 14" x 24 1/2".
The postcard measures approx. 4 3/4" x 8", and the original blank
back handbill is slightly longer than the card.