This is certainly
one of the most popular images of the psychedelic-era. It was designed
by the artist that many collectors feel was the most talented of the psychedelic
poster artists, Rick Griffin.
The original/first print poster was printed prior to the shows, and measures
approx. 14" x 20". It does not have any of the markings that are
discussed in the two variations of the reprint posters. If there are
no plate scratches (as described), then it is an original. In addition
to the NM FD-89 first print poster that we offer on the website, we have a
few other FD 89-1 posters in lesser (but still very nice) condition that we
can offer at a slightly lower price. If you have an interest in one
of these posters, please send an email or give us a call.
There are two variations of the second print posters (which both measure approx.
14" x 21"...this is 1" longer than the original, but an unscrupulous seller
could cut an inch off the bottom margin, so size is not necessarily a determining
factor). One of the reprints (we will call it Type A) has a faint (hairline)
scratch that begins just above the "T" in "CONCERT", and runs at about a 45
degree angle towards the upper right corner of the poster. This scratch
is approx. 3/4" long. As is the case with the original/first print
poster, the second print poster (Type A) has the notation "FD 89-1" in the
lower left corner. However, it is NOT an original poster, and was most
likely printed in late 1967, but certainly no later than 1968.
The other variation of the reprint (we will call it Type B) also has the aforementioned
scratch in the upper part of the poster. It also has a scratch in the
window with the Family Dog Logo & chain (3rd row, far right). This scratch
begins in the lower left corner of the window, and runs straight up (more
or less) for about 1 1/2". As is the case with the original/first print
poster, the second print poster (Type B) has the notation "FD 89-1" in the
lower left corner. However, it is NOT an original poster, and was most likely
printed in late 1967, but certainly no later than 1968.
The original postcards that were printed for the FD 89 shows measure approx.
5" x 7", and were printed with two different backs (place stamp here and bulk
rate). If you buy an FD 89 card from the website, you will receive a
card with a place stamp here back. If you are interested in a card with
a bulk rate back, please send an email or give us a call.