Buffalo Springfield Poster
Buffalo Springfield was the main feature in the pre-Christmas, 1967 concert, advertised on a poster that studiously ignored familiar Christmas tones. Alton Kelley collaborated with Stanley Mouse early in their careers and usually chose the photographs and arranged the collage while Mouse did the graphics.
There are three variants of the 1st printing poster, all which pre-date the concert.
1st printing A is characterized by the misspelling of "B Grahm" in the lower right hand corner above the ticket outlet information strip. It measures 11" x 21".
1st printing B measures 11" x 21 1/8" and has an "A" scratched into the poster between the "H" and "M" of "Graham".
1st printing C displays the correct spelling of "Graham" and has "Kelly" scratched into the bottom right hand corner of the photograph in the middle of the poster. It measures 11" x 21 1/8".
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.