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    Meet the Beatles Moving Head Window Display (Capitol, 1964). After a successful year in their native UK, the Beatles finally broke big in America. Capitol Records was initially resistant of the group, but the infectious sound of "Yeah Yeah Yeah" caused the company to do a complete turnabout, resulting in a huge promotional campaign for their first US album, a reworked version of the boys second UK long player. Titled Meet the Beatles, the album took off in the early days of 1964, and it promptly knocked everyone on their collective heads, young and old alike. Finding early promo material for Meet the Beatles is tough, especially this incredible piece. Designed as a window display, this large cardboard stand-up features a famous photo of the band in their collarless suits -- note the cigarette in Paul's hand, which was later airbrushed out for use on a picture sleeve. The heads of Paul, Ringo, George, and John were die-cut and sit about a half-inch from the display; a battery-operated mechanical device in the back causes the heads to sway back and forth. It's easy to imagine a group of teenage girls gathered outside a record store window, swooning to the swaying Mop Top heads! Displays such as this were sent to select radio stations and retail outlets in early February 1964. It measures approximately 30.75" x 25.5" x 6". These coveted displays rarely survive, as most were ruined by direct exposure to sun, and the few that are still around are usually missing at least one head. This item is complete and in good working order; however, it was extensively and professionally restored to its current Excellent condition. It will be a standout item in even the most complete Beatles collection, and is sure to cause some spirited bidding. Go to our website for images of the piece from different angles.

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    April, 2008
    5th Saturday
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