Fillmore Auditorium 5/5-6/67
This Wes Wilson creation for a 1967 Grateful Dead concert with Paupers and Collage was printed using a “split fountain” technique. The background of the original varies from green at the top to yellow to pink at the bottom. The art is printed in black ink. The reprint is completely different—it was printed in yellow, gray, and purple on a brown background. The central image is an illustration of a nude woman viewed from the hips up. Around her are several men’s faces. One of the nice touches of this poster is the yin and yang symbol in the woman’s hand. Wilson placed the arrow symbol for male and the plus-sign symbol for female inside the yin and yang, with both symbols containing faces. Many people believe that this—the last poster in this part of the series—was Wilson’s best. By this point he had thoroughly modified the Roller alphabet into his own. Not-to-be-missed is the symbology of the venomous snake with the dollar sign between its fangs.
The original poster comes in two varieties, both of which were printed on white index stock and measure approximately 14⅛″ x 24″.
The Type 1 original was printed using a split-fountain technique. The ink transitions from green at the top to pink at the bottom.
The Type 2 original was printed in black ink only.
The second print poster was printed on white index stock and measures approximately 14″ x 23″. This poster was printed in entirely different colors than the original, and without the split-fountain technique. This poster has yellow figures, silver lettering, and a brown background.
The postcard comes in three varieties, all of which measure approximately 4½″ x 8″. Since the cards were printed alongside the posters, there are three different colored cards for each different type. One card is green; one is green that transitions to pink; and one card is pink.
The Type A card has a “place stamp here” reverse.
The Type B card has a bulk rate permit on the back.
The Type C card has a bulk rate permit on the back, and was addressed and sent to people on the mailing list.
In addition, a card was printed that matches the Type 2 original poster and measures approximately 4½″ x 8″.
The reprint postcard matches the second print poster and measures approximately 4½″ x 8″.
- Wes Wilson