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    Johnny Cash, Flatt & Scruggs 1961 Wichita, KS Concert Poster. An original cardboard window card advertising "The Fabulous Johnny Cash Show" with lots of stars playing at the Wichita Forum on Saturday night, January 28, 1961. Besides the Man in Black, other performers included legendary bluegrass duo Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Roger Miller at the very outset of his career, Rose Maddox, Gordon Terry, Johnny Western, the Foggy Mountain Boys and Johnny's back-up musicians, the Tennessee Two (Luther Perkins on guitar and Marshall Grant on stand-up bass).

    Cash fans and concert-poster collectors will immediately recognize the look of this poster's design as being "a Colorcraft"... that is, printed by the Colorcraft Poster Co. of Oklahoma City, OK. (Their credit is down in the lower right.) That company was almost unique in the way their posters used hand-drawn type fonts as opposed to conventional block letters. Check out the eight lines of print under Johnny's picture... look at all those different fonts, with a very homespun, country-ish, eye-pleasing appearance to them. Same with the Flatt & Scruggs caption on the right; just very different and stylized. It certainly took more effort than just throwing a bunch of type into a printing press.

    Even the red venue information up top had its own look, although that was always in straight block lettering. It's just a look one comes to recognize after seeing example after example of different Colorcrafts over many years.

    This red, white & blue poster calls Cash "America's No. 1 Country Music Star," and he had 36 charting singles under his belt already to prove it. Measures 14" x 22" and grades to Very Good condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.


    More Information: Has a strong four-inch crease in the upper right corner. There was a strong, small push-through ding in the extreme lower left of Rose Maddox's picture, which was pushed back into place and is self-sustaining just fine. Three more smaller dings (not push-through's) happened along Roger Miller's name and song title down there. The smallest of all is under "RCA" after Gordon Terry's name. Grime marks by the red arrow in far upper right and in the margin next to Johnny Western's picture. General overall toning.


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    July, 2021
    16th-18th Friday-Sunday
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