The original of this offset lithograph by American artist Milton Glaser is owned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and these 1969 posters are highly sought after by collectors of both Glaser and Dick Gregory.
"Dick Gregory on Poppy" is a classic large size (36 x 24" or 91.5 x 61.0 cm) poster that originally came inside of one of Gregory's record alums on the Poppy label. It is in very good condition, but shows the original creases where it was folded to fit inside the album. It has been rolled up for the past couple of decades. It is being sold unframed and unmatted to be mailed in a tube mailer.
I have been a fan of both Glaser (born 1929) and Gregory (born 1932) since the 1960s. I collected all of the original Hermann Hesse books with Glaser covers. He also did famous album covers for Bob Dylan and Mahalia Jackson and designed the famous logo/bumper sticker "I (heart) New York." He did many iconic psychedelic "hippie era" covers and posters.
Gregory first became famous as a comedian (he prefers to be called a humorist) but turned radical activist after his autobiography was published. He made a run for the presidency in 1968 as a write-in candidate of the Freedom and Peace Party. He is most known for his anti-war and civil rights work. I heard him speak in the summer of 1968.
Gregory, who started his civil rights work in Selma, said, "I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark."
In addition to the title, "Dick Gregory On Poppy", across the bottom of the poster, "Milton Glaser" is printed in the upper right corner of the poster inside an oval. The poster has no tears, no holes from tacks or staples, no tape marks, only the creases that came with its having been folded for inclusion in the album.This poster is a classic example of Glaser's energetic and colorful style.
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