Quicksilver Messenger Service Poster
There are two 1st printings of this poster, one done before the concert in a run of 1,500 and the other printed just following the concert in a run of 1,000. There are ink variations among this entire first run, but these inconsistencies do not denote different printings. Both runs are considered identical in all respects and are 13 1/2" x 20" on vellum. All vellum "Bindweed" credited FD025 posters are considered originals.
The post-concert 3rd printing, so named because there is no verifiable documentation to distinguish a 2nd printing, is 13 5/8" x 19 7/8" on uncoated index. "(c) Family Dog Productions 1725 Washington Street San Francisco" appears in the lower right corner.
Born in Detroit, Stanley Miller became known as "Mouse" after illustrating countless notebooks with his signature rodent sketch. Miller found an outlet for his creativity in pin-striping cars and airbrushing hot rod designs on posters and T-shirts. Mouse migrated to San Francisco in 1964, where he first met the artists associated with Family Dog, the organization producing dance concerts at the Avalon Ballroom. With collaborator Alton Kelley, Mouse experimented broadly with composition, lettering and imagery: Kelley came up with the ideas and Mouse executed the designs. Mouse and Kelley helped to establish the psychedelic style of expression under the name Mouse Studios.