Fillmore Auditorium 5/19-20/67
This poster is printed in indigo blue and red on a chartreuse background. The lettering for the bands’ names—Martha & The Vandellas and the Paupers—and other key information creatively flow around the illustration. One of the more widely known pop culture images of the 1950s, and one that appeared on the back cover of many comic books and magazines, was the art school test ad. It consisted of three faces: one in profile, one facing directly at the viewer, and one turned obliquely. While anyone who submitted an entry probably was told he or she had enough talent to qualify for the correspondence art school, the ability to render these three faces accurately— particularly the oblique one—is a good sign of artistic talent. By submitting this “test” to the public by drawing it on a poster, Bonnie MacLean was subtly demonstrating her ability.
The original poster was printed on white index stock and measures approximately 14″ x 23″.
The postcard comes in three varieties, all of which measure approximately 4⅝″ x 8″:
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.
- Bonnie MacLean