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    Grateful Dead 1966 Sausalito, CA Heliport Concert Poster In Their Rehearsal Space. An original blue-ink-on-white-paper concert poster for the Grateful Dead appearing at one of their favorite rehearsal spaces, the Sausalito Heliport, in the Bay-Area suburb of Sausalito, California on Saturday night, October 15, 1966. Transatlantic Railroad was the opening band. As for the promoter, Valerie Ann's? That was a hip clothing store in nearby Larkspur in Marin County.

    Sausalito is conveniently located close to the 101 highway and near the northern foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, so it became popular in late '66 as an easily reached rehearsal space for local bands. For one thing, with the noise made by the helicopters, no neighbors were about to complain about mere rock bands. So it became somewhat of a musician's hangout, and a few shows were also scheduled.

    Any Grateful Dead poster from 1966 outside of BG's and FD's is bound to be scarce, and this gem is no exception... only a handful of survivors have ever been spotted. It's as quaint as quaint can be, a total reflection of the band's earliest, most innocent days. Measures 14"-14 ½" (see condition details) x 22 1/2" on medium uncoated stock, and grades to Very Good condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.


    More Information: This poster has an uneven cut on its right side. At the very top, it measures 14 ½" across; halfway down, across "Dead," it measures 14 ¼"; and at the very bottom, 14" even.

    But 14" across is reportedly its correct measurement, so this appears to be an odd case of "extra paper." ClassicPosters.com sold their example (for $5,250) with the poster's width given as 14" even.

    Concert posters were almost always designed with symmetry in the margins. If you look at this poster and compare the spacing on either side of the blue artwork, such as either side of "Grateful," it's obvious that the right side has extra paper until you get to the bottom. Given the casualness of the times, of the promoter, of the band and of the venue, this actually can't be too surprising.

    The location of the tape residue on the verso is also strong evidence that this is exactly the way this poster was distributed and posted at the time.

    As for the rest: Two pinholes in each corner. Surface creasing to the white paper throughout, especially at the bottom, but almost nothing that touches the blue. A five-inch diagonal crease to the lower right corner area, again missing the "200." Horizontal crease all the way across the poster's bottom, about 5/8" up from the bottom edge, probably where the poster was once folded to fit into a frame. On the verso, there is light brown tape residue in all four corners, very smooth to the touch now, and they show through lightly to the front. Very small 1/8" edge tear to the upper left of "T.J." General light toning throughout.

    Special thanks to the LostLiveDead blog and ClassicPosters.com for background information on this poster.


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