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Family Dog Posters  

See:     FD-1 — FD-50     FD-51 — FD-100     FD-101 — FD-147

 

Quicksilver Messenger Service at Avalon Ballroom 7/26-28/68 by Casey Simpson

© Chet Helms DBA Family Dog Productions All Rights Reserved

TThe Family Dog Numbered Series includes 147 numbered posters that advertised Family Dog shows—primarily at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco—from 1966 to 1968. There are also numbered posters for shows produced by the Family Dog in Denver and Portland, as well as unnumbered posters and handbills associated with shows produced by the Family Dog in San Francisco in 1969 and 1970. The Family Dog Numbered Series includes Mouse & Kelley's “Zig-Zag” Man (FD-14), and their “Skull & Roses” Grateful Dead poster (FD-26). The Series also contains Rick Griffin’s FD-D18 poster for the Doors’ 1967 New Year’s show in Denver. The Family Dog Series includes both posters and handbills. Later in the Series, there were postcards and image tickets.

 Family Dog was the production company run by Chet Helms. In April 1966, Helms began presenting weekly events at the Avalon Ballroom, an old dancehall that was ideal for the spectacular light shows he was known for staging. Helm’s first Avalon concert featured The Blues Project and Great Society (FD-5 Wes Wilson). In June 1966, Stanley Mouse returned from Detroit and joined the FD poster design team, which was led by Family Dog Collective co-founder and poster artist Alton Kelley. Together they created a series of psychedelic posters that energized San Francisco’s developing counterculture. In October, Mouse and Kelley were in full swing at the Mouse Studio’s firehouse when Victor Moscoso returned to the fold to design FD-32.

 The Family Dog Series is numbered from FD-1 to FD-147, and includes a number of posters from 1601 West Evans, Denver, CO that carry the designation FD-D2 and so on. Like early BG posters, the first Family Dog posters were printed on vellum and were subject to damage and wear. Family Dog numbers from 1 to 41 were printed in two forms—posters and handbills. After number 41, the handbills were replaced with postcards. The early FD handbills are extremely rare and seldom seen. Like the BG Series, there are many different printings (first prints, second prints, etc.) of the early posters. At Classic Posters, we guarantee that every Family Dog poster we sell is correctly attributed according to the current edition of The Collectors Guide to Psychedelic Rock Concert Posters, Postcards and Handbills 1965-1973 by Eric King.

 

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Jefferson Airplane at Fillmore Auditorium 2/19/66 by Wes Wilson & Chet Helms

2/19/1966


FD-1

Fillmore Auditorium 2/19/66

Jefferson Airplane
Big Brother and the Holding Company

Wes Wilson
Chet Helms

Second Print Poster

 
Great Society at Fillmore Auditorium 2/26/66 by Wes Wilson & Chet Helms

2/26/1966


FD-2

Fillmore Auditorium 2/26/66

Great Society
Big Brother and the Holding Company
Grass Roots
Quicksilver Messenger Service

Wes Wilson
Chet Helms

Second Print Poster

 
Paul Butterfield at Fillmore Auditorium 3/25-27/66 by Wes Wilson & 
Chet Helms

3/25/1966


FD-3

Fillmore Auditorium 3/25-27/66

Paul Butterfield
Quicksilver Messenger Service

Wes Wilson
Chet Helms

Second Print Poster

Third Print Poster

 
Love at Fillmore Auditorium 4/8-9/66 by Wes Wilson & Chet Helms

4/8/1966


FD-4

Fillmore Auditorium 4/8-9/66

Love
Sons of Adam
Charlatans

Wes Wilson
Chet Helms

Third Print Poster

Handbill

 
Blues Project at Avalon Ballroom 4/22-23/66 by Wes Wilson

4/22/1966


FD-5

Avalon Ballroom 4/22-23/66

Blues Project
Great Society

Wes Wilson

Second Print Poster

Third Print Poster

 
Grass Roots at Avalon Ballroom 4/29-30/66 by Wes Wilson

4/29/1966


FD-6

Avalon Ballroom 4/29-30/66

Grass Roots
Sons of Adam
Big Brother and the Holding Company

Wes Wilson

Handbill

 
Daily Flash at Avalon Ballroom 5/6-7/66 by Wes Wilson

5/6/1966


FD-7

Avalon Ballroom 5/6-7/66

Daily Flash
Rising Sons
Big Brother and the Holding Company (5/6)
Charlatans (5/7)

Wes Wilson

Second Print Poster

Third Print Poster

Handbill

 
Blues Project at Avalon Ballroom 5/13-14/66 by Wes Wilson

5/13/1966


FD-8

Avalon Ballroom 5/13-14/66

Blues Project
Sons of Adam
Quicksilver Messenger Service

Wes Wilson

Second Print Poster

Third Print Poster

Handbill

 
Love at Avalon Ballroom 5/20-22/66 by Wes Wilson

5/20/1966


FD-9

Avalon Ballroom 5/20-22/66

Love
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
Big Brother and the Holding Company

Wes Wilson

Second Print Poster

Third Print Poster

Handbill

 
Leaves at Avalon Ballroom 5/27-28/66 by Wes Wilson

5/27/1966


FD-10

Avalon Ballroom 5/27-28/66

Leaves
Grass Roots
Grateful Dead

Wes Wilson

Second Print Poster

 
Grass Roots at Avalon Ballroom 6/3-4/66 by Victor Moscoso

6/3/1966


FD-11

Avalon Ballroom 6/3-4/66

Grass Roots
Big Brother and the Holding Company
Buddha

Victor Moscoso

Original Poster

Second Print Poster

Handbill

 
Grateful Dead at Avalon Ballroom 6/10-11/66 by Wes Wilson

6/10/1966


FD-12

Avalon Ballroom 6/10-11/66

Grateful Dead
Quicksilver Messenger Service
New Tweedy Brothers

Wes Wilson

Second Print Poster

Handbill

 
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band at Avalon Ballroom 6/17-18/66 by Stanley Mouse

6/17/1966


FD-13

Avalon Ballroom 6/17-18/66

Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
Oxford Circle

Stanley Mouse

Second Print Poster

Handbill

 
Big Brother and the Holding Company at Avalon Ballroom 6/24-25/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

6/24/1966


FD-14

Avalon Ballroom 6/24-25/66

Big Brother and the Holding Company
Quicksilver Messenger Service

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley

 
 
Grass Roots at Avalon Ballroom 7/1-3/66 by Wes Wilson

7/1/1966


FD-15

Avalon Ballroom 7/1-3/66

Grass Roots
Daily Flash
Sopwith Camel (7/1 & 7/3)

Wes Wilson

Second Print Poster

 
Sir Douglas Quintet at Avalon Ballroom 7/8-10/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

7/8/1966


FD-16

Avalon Ballroom 7/8-10/66

Sir Douglas Quintet
Everpresent Fullness

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley

Second Print Poster

 
Jefferson Airplane at Avalon Ballroom 7/22-23/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley & Franz Stuck

7/22/1966


FD-17

Avalon Ballroom 7/22-23/66

Jefferson Airplane
Great Society

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley
Franz Stuck

Original Poster

Third Print Poster

 
Love at Avalon Ballroom 7/15-16/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley & Franz Stuck

7/15/1966


FD-17A

Avalon Ballroom 7/15-16/66

Love
Big Brother and the Holding Company

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley
Franz Stuck

Handbill

 
Bo Diddley at Avalon Ballroom 7/28-30/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

7/28/1966


FD-18

Avalon Ballroom 7/28-30/66

Bo Diddley
Quicksilver Messenger Service

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley

Original Poster

Second Print Poster

 
Big Brother and the Holding Company at Avalon Ballroom 8/5-6/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

8/5/1966


FD-19

Avalon Ballroom 8/5-6/66

Big Brother and the Holding Company (8/5)
Oxford Circle
Bo Diddley (8/6)
Sons of Adam

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley

Second Print Poster

Handbill

 
Bo Diddley at Avalon Ballroom 8/6/66 Longshoreman's Hall 8/5 & 7/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

8/6/1966


FD-20

Avalon Ballroom 8/6/66 Longshoreman's Hall 8/5 & 7/66

Bo Diddley
Sons of Adam
Little Walter (8/6)

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley

Handbill

 
Bo Diddley at Avalon Ballroom 8/12-13/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

8/12/1966


FD-21

Avalon Ballroom 8/12-13/66

Bo Diddley
Big Brother and the Holding Company

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley

Third Print Poster

Handbill

 
Grateful Dead at Avalon Ballroom 8/19-20/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

8/19/1966


FD-22

Avalon Ballroom 8/19-20/66

Grateful Dead (misspelled as Greatful)
Sopwith Camel

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley

Third Print Poster

Handbill

 
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band at Avalon Ballroom 8/26-27/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

8/26/1966


FD-23

Avalon Ballroom 8/26-27/66

Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
Charlatans

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley

Original Poster

Third Print Poster

Handbill

 
13th Floor Elevators at Avalon Ballroom 8/2-3/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

8/2/1966


FD-24

Avalon Ballroom 8/2-3/66

13th Floor Elevators
Sir Douglas Quintet

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley

Second Print Poster

Handbill

 
Quicksilver Messenger Service at Avalon Ballroom 9/9-10/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

9/9/1966


FD-25

Avalon Ballroom 9/9-10/66

Quicksilver Messenger Service
Great Society

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley

Second Print Poster

Handbill

 
Grateful Dead at Avalon Ballroom 9/16-17/66 by Stanley Mouse & 
Alton Kelley

9/16/1966


FD-26

Avalon Ballroom 9/16-17/66

Grateful Dead
Oxford Circle

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley

Third Print Poster

 
Howlin' Wolf at Avalon Ballroom 9/23-24/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

9/23/1966


FD-27

Avalon Ballroom 9/23-24/66

Howlin' Wolf
Big Brother and the Holding Company

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley

Handbill

 
13th Floor Elevators at Avalon Ballroom 9/30/66 & 10/1/66 by Stanley Mouse & 
Alton Kelley

9/30/1966


FD-28

Avalon Ballroom 9/30/66 & 10/1/66

13th Floor Elevators
Quicksilver Messenger Service

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley

Third Print Poster

Handbill

 
Jim Kweskin Jug Band at Avalon Ballroom 10/7-8/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

10/7/1966


FD-29

Avalon Ballroom 10/7-8/66

Jim Kweskin Jug Band
Big Brother and the Holding Company
Electric Train

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley

Third Print Poster

Handbill

 
Big Brother and the Holding Company at Avalon Ballroom 10/15-16/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

10/15/1966


FD-30

Avalon Ballroom 10/15-16/66

Big Brother and the Holding Company
Sir Douglas Quintet

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley

Third Print Poster

Handbill

 
Daily Flash at Avalon Ballroom 10/21-22/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

10/21/1966


FD-31

Avalon Ballroom 10/21-22/66

Daily Flash
Country Joe & the Fish

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley

Original Poster

Third Print Poster

Handbill

 
Quicksilver Messenger Service at Avalon Ballroom 10/28-29/66 by Victor Moscoso

10/28/1966


FD-32

Avalon Ballroom 10/28-29/66

Quicksilver Messenger Service
Blackburn & Snow
Sons of Champlin

Victor Moscoso

Handbill

 
Grateful Dead at Avalon Ballroom 11/3-4/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

11/3/1966


FD-33

Avalon Ballroom 11/3-4/66

Grateful Dead
Oxford Circle

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley

Third Print Poster

Handbill

 
13th Floor Elevators at Avalon Ballroom 11/11-12/66 by Steve Renick

11/11/1966


FD-34

Avalon Ballroom 11/11-12/66

13th Floor Elevators
Moby Grape

Steve Renick

Third Print Poster

 
Daily Flash at Avalon Ballroom 11/18-19/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

11/18/1966


FD-35

Avalon Ballroom 11/18-19/66

Daily Flash
Quicksilver Messenger Service
Country Joe & the Fish (11/19)

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley

Original Poster

Third Print Poster

Handbill

 
Quicksilver Messenger Service at Avalon Ballroom 11/25-26/66 by Victor Moscoso

11/25/1966


FD-36

Avalon Ballroom 11/25-26/66

Quicksilver Messenger Service
Big Brother and the Holding Company
Country Joe & the Fish

Victor Moscoso

Original Poster

Handbill

 
Buffalo Springfield at Avalon Ballroom 12/2-3/66 by Ned Lamont & aka Tom Glass

12/2/1966


FD-37

Avalon Ballroom 12/2-3/66

Buffalo Springfield
Daily Flash
Congress of Wonders

Ned Lamont
aka Tom Glass

Original Poster

Handbill

 
Big Brother and the Holding Company at Avalon Ballroom 12/9-10/66 by Victor Moscoso

12/9/1966


FD-38

Avalon Ballroom 12/9-10/66

Big Brother and the Holding Company
Oxford Circle
Lee Michaels

Victor Moscoso

Second Print Poster

Handbill

 
Youngbloods at Avalon Ballroom 12/16-17/66 by Stanley Mouse  & Alton Kelley

12/16/1966


FD-39

Avalon Ballroom 12/16-17/66

Youngbloods
Sparrow
Sons of Champlin

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley

Original Poster

Second Print Poster

Handbill

 
Grateful Dead at Avalon Ballroom 12/23-24/66 by Victor Moscoso

12/23/1966


FD-40

Avalon Ballroom 12/23-24/66

Grateful Dead
Steve Miller Band
Moby Grape

Victor Moscoso

Original Poster

Handbill

 
Country Joe and the Fish at Avalon Ballroom 12/30-31/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

12/30/1966


FD-41

Avalon Ballroom 12/30-31/66

Country Joe & the Fish
Moby Grape
Lee Michaels

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley

Second Print Poster

 
Quicksilver Messenger Service at Avalon Ballroom 1/6-7/67 by Victor Moscoso

1/6/1967


FD-42

Avalon Ballroom 1/6-7/67

Quicksilver Messenger Service
Miller Blues Band
Other Half

Victor Moscoso

Original Poster

Postcard

 
Moby Grape at Avalon Ballroom 1/13-13/67 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

1/13/1967


FD-43

Avalon Ballroom 1/13-13/67

Moby Grape
Sparrow
Charlatans

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley

Original Poster

Postcard

 
Miller Blues Band at Avalon Ballroom 1/20-21/67 by Victor Moscoso

1/20/1967


FD-44

Avalon Ballroom 1/20-21/67

Miller Blues Band
Lee Michaels
Congress of Wonders

Victor Moscoso

Original Poster

Second Print Poster

 
Grateful Dead at Avalon Ballroom 1/27-28/67 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

1/27/1967


FD-45

Avalon Ballroom 1/27-28/67

Grateful Dead
Quicksilver Messenger Service

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley

Original Poster

Second Print Poster

Postcard

 
Country Joe and the Fish at Avalon Ballroom 2/3-4/67 by Victor Moscoso

2/3/1967


FD-46

Avalon Ballroom 2/3-4/67

Country Joe & the Fish
Sparrow
Kaleidoscope

Victor Moscoso

Original Poster

Second Print Poster

Postcard

 
Miller Blues Band at Avalon Ballroom 2/10-11/67 by Victor Moscoso

2/10/1967


FD-47

Avalon Ballroom 2/10-11/67

Miller Blues Band
Lee Michaels
Peanut Butter Conspiracy

Victor Moscoso

Original Poster

Second Print Poster

Postcard

 
Big Brother and the Holding Company at Avalon Ballroom 2/17-18/67 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley & Bob Seidemann

2/17/1967


FD-48

Avalon Ballroom 2/17-18/67

Big Brother and the Holding Company
Quicksilver Messenger Service
Oxford Circle

Stanley Mouse
Alton Kelley
Bob Seidemann (Photographer)

Original Poster

Second Print Poster

Postcard

 
Moby Grape at Avalon Ballroom 2/24-25/67 by Victor Moscoso

2/24/1967


FD-49

Avalon Ballroom 2/24-25/67

Moby Grape
Charlatans

Victor Moscoso

Second Print Poster

 
Country Joe and the Fish at Avalon Ballroom 3/3-4/67 by Victor Moscoso

3/3/1967


FD-50

Avalon Ballroom 3/3-4/67

Country Joe & the Fish
Sparrow
Doors

Victor Moscoso

Second Print Poster

Postcard

 

 

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