When the young team of Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse worked on this, their first poster for the Grateful Dead, the Dead were still recently re-named, and their spelling not fixed in the artists' minds. What was a limited-run spelling error in '66, however, turned into gold for collectors; think numismatist and a U.S. Mint quarter emblazoned with 'In God We Tryst.'
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The 1st printing was printed on white vellum before the concert. "The Bindweed Press" notation appears in the bottom margin, and it measures 13 13/16" x 20". A wider variant also exists, which measures 14 1/4" x 20".
The post-concert 3rd printing is 14 1/8" x 20 1/2" on uncoated index. The Bindweed Press credit is missing, and instead "No.22-3" is in the lower right corner and "(c) Family Dog Productions 1725 Washington Street San Francisco" is in the lower left corner.
No edition of FD022 with the "No.22-2" designation has been found, leading to the assumption that there was no official second printing.
As a founding member of the Family Dog, Kelley handled promotions for the events at the Avalon Ballroom, drawing posters and handbills. He soon met up with Stanley Mouse, and their association nurtured Kelley's success as an artist. Kelley had a natural talent for collage and a keen eye for culling and combining imagery and styles from diverse sources. Teamed with Mouse's drafting skill, collaborations became increasingly sophisticated, yet irreverent. Kelley always worked by hand, producing posters and other print graphics for a wide array of entertainment-oriented clients.