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    Bob Dylan 1966 U.K. "Tour Blank" Paper Advertising Poster An original paper Bob Dylan "snipe" advertising poster for various stops on his 1966 tour of Britain, featuring a widely-used 1965 photo of him by Daniel Kramer. In fact, this is the image that was used on Dylan's 1965 American tour-blank concert posters.

    The provenance for this piece is strong; it came from Ken Pitt, Dylan's erstwhile U.K. publicist (and David Bowie's manager in the 1960's). It was one of a very small number liberated, and the others remain in private collections.

    This unusual poster was printed on very thin paper, typical for "snipes" that are glued, "fly posted" or "wheat-pasted" to fences and walls. We have a 1969 Doors poster of a similar nature in this auction. Oftentimes, guerilla teams of hired hands would "paper" construction sites and other temporary places late at night, where the unremovable posters wouldn't do any long-term damage after the glue, or wheat paste, would quickly dry. That's why so few of these survive; the only ones still existing have to be ones that were never used in the first place.

    Any given city's specific information, such as venue, date and ticket information, would then be separately pasted underneath. When viewed all together, say 5 to 10 of them lined up in a row, it created a very strong visual impression for passersby. It's a common practice that continues to this day, for all sorts of products in countries around the world.

    Poster measures 13 1/2 x 18 1/8" and is in Very Good condition. Has the expected amount of handling and surface creases for something so thin and so old, and one horizontal fold across the middle. COA from Heritage Auctions.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2019
    16th-17th Saturday-Sunday
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