The first item printed to promote these shows was a thin paper handbill.  It is blank backed, and printed on stock similar to the earliest BG handbills. It can also be distinguished by the color of the words "IN ADVANCE" and "AT THE DOOR" at the bottom of the handbill.  On this first handbill, they are white.  In addition, the color of this handbill is more of a "washed out" aqua.  We will call this handbill Type A.  No posters were printed with these handbills

Shortly after the printing of the first aforementioned handbill (and prior to the shows), a second handbill was printed that exactly matches the paper stock of the original poster, much thicker (and a purer/darker blue) than the first handbill.  This handbill & poster were very likely printed on the same proofsheet.  In addition, "IN ADVANCE" and "AT THE DOOR" are blue on this handbill.  We will call this one Type B.  It is believed that the ratio of printing volumes of Type B versus Type A is greater than 2 to 1.  It has been our experience that those numbers are realistic, if not conservative. Type A is much tougher to find.

The original/first print poster obviously matches the color and paper stock of the Type B handbill, and was printed prior to the shows.  In addition, there is a printing error/anomaly that exists on most original posters.  It appears along the left edge of the poster, approximately in line with word "BUTTERFIELD".  It measures approx. 1 1/2" top to bottom, and is subtle, yet noticeable (the paper is a slightly different color in this area).  If you don't see it upon close inspection, you are most likely examining one of the reprints.  However, another characteristic of BG 30 first print posters does exist.  If the back of the poster shows a substantial red ink back print (near the top), then it is from the first printing and is an original.  This occurred when newly printed poster sheets came off the press before the
previous ones had dried, picking up some of the wet ink on the back of the sheet.

The second printing of this poster was probably printed by early 1967, possibly beforehand, but certainly after the shows.  The paper stock is a bit thicker than the first print poster, and matches the paper stock of the postcards (which were printed at the same time as the second print posters). In addition, the aforementioned printing error & ink back print do not appear on the second print posters.

The third printing posters were printed on uncoated index paper stock, similar to the paper stock used to print Fillmore originals in 1967 & 1968, which is when this poster was most likely printed.  This stock is thicker (and much smoother) than the stock used for the second printing, and there are no cards that were printed on this stock.

The posters measure 12" X 24 3/8"

The handbills measure 4 1/4" X 8 1/4"

The postcards measure 4 1/2" X 8 1/4"

It is worth noting that these were Signe Anderson's last shows as lead singer for the Airplane.  Grace Slick would replace her as lead singer for the next week's shows (BG 31).  We would strongly recommend you consider the third print poster that we are offering, signed by Signe.  She has signed VERY few posters, and is an integral part of early psychedelic rock history.
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