ACID TEST & OTHER MERRY PRANKSTER POSTERS
Note: I am NOT a poster expert, and additions and corrections are always welcome.
A detailed examination of several of the rarest Acid Test posters is given at the Poster Trip .
An impressive collection of Acid Test & related items can be found at Vintage Concert Posters.
Above is the classic Acid Test poster design, created by Paul Foster. Most of these that exist with coloring were made to give away to friends, and it's doubtful that they were ever used for actual promotion. Read more about the complex story at the Poster Trip website, linked above.
There are between 15 and 30 posters that are 'goldenrod'. These were never used (or colored in) and were all leftovers. Much more common to find if your a collector, and worth much less. The one in the Art Of Rock book is a goldenrod.
Detail from Acid Test poster showing various Prankster autographs, probably written long after the actual Test.
Handbill with Wes Wilson design, probably done for the Stinson Beach/Muir Beach test 1965-Dec-11. It was also used for the Unicorn Theatre although it's not confirmed that a show ever occured there. There are a couple that exist with "Unicorn Theatre" printed in the box. The one shown in the Art Of Rock book says "wes wilson" signed in the box. No copies have yet been found with "Stinson Beach".
Trips Festival Poster
This poster with Allen Ginsberg, supposedly promoting day 2 (the Acid Test) of the Trips Festival, is fake and recently manufactured.
Poster for a "Trips Festival" held in Vancouver, Canada, Summer 1966. While claims that Kesey and the Pranksters appeared there have been made, this is impossible as most of them were hiding in Mexico at the time. Some remaining S F Pranksters and a psychedelic bus (but not "Further") were part of the entourage, which included Grateful Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service among others.
© Patrick The Lama 2002-2009