Grateful Dead Poster
  • 2nd Printing $1,994 $1,196 $798 Very Good
  • 3rd Printing $195 $117 $78 Mint
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Print Variations

The 1st printing is on 8.5 point stock, bears "The Bindweed Press, San Francisco" notation on the bottom right hand side, and measures 14 3/16" x 19 15/16". The green in this original poster is a distinctive drab khaki olive color. It was printed before the concert.

There are variations of the pre-concert 2nd printing in terms of color and paper stock. While the first printing presents an even olive green color, the second printing displays kelly green. However, the green in the 2nd printing was also exposed to black ink from using a "split fountain technique". The black ranges from a light presence at the bottom of the poster to an all over blackish green throughout the whole image. Also, the 2nd printing was printed on two different stocks; one is 9.2 to 11 point stock with a finely pitted, random pattern, and the other one is 10 point stock with a heavily textured woven surface pattern. The 2nd printing measures 13 7/8" x 19 15/16" and displays the Bindweed credit.

The 3rd printing is on uncoated index and deletes the Bindweed credit. "No 33-3" appears in the lower right hand corner and "Family Dog Productions 1725 Washington Street San Francisco" is in the lower left corner. The green is a uniform kelly color and it measures 14 3/16" x 20 1/4". This reprint was produced after the concert.

The post-concert 4th printing is on uncoated index and a "33-4" credit appears in the lower right hand corner. "1967 (c) Family Dog Productions 639 Gough St., San Francisco, Calif. 94102" is displayed in the lower left corner. The green is a uniform kelly color, and it measures 14" x 20 1/4".

About Alton Kelley

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.