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Wes Wilson3 of 11Chambers Brothers, Quicksilver, BG-58Jefferson Airplane, May 6-7, 1966, BG-05
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Posted 5 years ago


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Here's the postcard version, printed in 1967, of a June 3-4, 1966, poster for a concert at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. Quicksilver Messenger Service was the headliner, with support by the Grateful Dead and the Mothers (Frank Zappa and crew up from L.A.). This is an early Wes Wilson design, before he got all psychedelic on us. At the time, he was cranking out posters for both the Fillmore and the Avalon across town. In fact, the Avalon poster he created for the following weekend (6/10-11) also featured the Dead and Quicksilver, except the billing was reversed (the Dead headlined). Despite that reversal, that poster is called The Quick and the Dead.


  1. MattyG MattyG, 5 years ago
    Very nice Belltown. Were these printed at same time as the poster and handed out to the public to promote the show? Earlier today I purchased a lot of Dead items from eBay, and it had stickers, a Tanzinian Jerry stamp, NYC backstage pass to New years '95 show, and a few post cards. One looks older and has the the gang under the Asbury street sign, corners slightly worn make me think original, but will post when it arrives for your opinion.
    it was auction #321004033131
  2. Belltown Belltown, 5 years ago
    I don't think any postcards were printed for 1966 shows at the Fillmore at the time of the shows. Most (but not all) of the 1966 shows were reprinted as postcards in 1967. The 1967-1971 shows were printed as both posters and postcards. Some of the 1966 Fillmore shows also had handbills on thin paper printed at the same time as the posters, often in just one color.
  3. MattyG MattyG, 5 years ago
    I just bought a bunch of original Family Dog handbills from some guy from Santa Barbra who claimed to pass them out. He sent me one of each he had, I will post when they arrive. Thanks for sharing your great collection, You got me hooked : )
  4. Belltown Belltown, 5 years ago
    Hey, great, congrats!

    The Family Dog/Avalon Ballroom did not print any postcards until 1967. Here's the first one:

    In 1966, they did a lot of posters (like the reprint you have of the Skeleton and Roses) and thin handbills for posting on telephone poles. You can see when they started running out of money in 1968, when the posters all started being printed in black and white.
  5. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
    Nice - that's a show I would have loved to see!
  6. nutsabotas6 nutsabotas6, 3 years ago
    Love QSMS! What about me and Fresh air, favorite songs!!
  7. Belltown Belltown, 3 years ago
    Thanks, nutsabotas6!

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