1969 Collage

In 1969 I graduated high school and after a half-semester of junior college I grabbed the opportunity to work in a government-sponsored art department.

This collage was made from the bristolboard cover of my art department drawing table. I did alot of rapidograph doodles on it so I kept it and started gluing some images I had collected – and over a year or so later I had this archive of a classic era.
There are many icons from back in the day represented here and even more quotes and sayings – see gallery below.

I somehow managed to hold on to this for over 40 years and it always brings back memories of all the amazing and magical times I was blessed to experience during those classic days of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll!

You can view the gallery below and/or just click the main photo above once for a zoom and then click again with the zoom icon to move in even closer and then scroll around!  Enjoy!


13 comments on “1969 Collage

  1. Wow! It’s amazing that you were able to hold on to this for so long. It’s very creative and representative of the artwork from the era. Thanks for posting it!

    • This is true and the main reason of this site; to archive all those important cultural moments from personal memories of a peak time in human history. Once we’re gone, so is the reality of the way it was.
      Thanks, Brother, for your interest!

  2. Hello again! I was brought back here by your post on the sad passing of Richie Havens. After his book “They Can’t Hide Us Anymore” was published my wife went to see him at a signing. She mentioned to him that we had recently lost our son and Richie singned his book with a sweet reference to my son. Several years later we were lucky enough to see Richie perform in Sarasota, Fl. What a great show and what a wonderful person. He will be missed.

    I was watching The Gangs of New York recently and at the end of the movie there’s a scene of the NYC skyline in the background with a cemetary in the forground. As the scene morphs to show the passage of time the voice over by the main character says “I wonder if they’ll (future generations) ever know we were here”. Revisoinist historians, marginalized profiles of important people, ignored participants and distorted incidents make maintaining the truth about the 60’s almost impossible. The History Chanel’s documentary on “Hippies” was a travesty. Take care. – Gene

    • Sincere thanks for your continued visiting, interest and support!
      I don’t tweet, yet, but caught your twitter header, clever!
      My son has an A4 – right there with you!
      Deeply sorry to hear of your loss, I can’t imagine.
      I totally agree with your viewpoint, it’s the main reason for my blog – to hopefully get across the very unique and true climate and environment of the 1960s – and it is as easy to relate as it is hard. Feelings and the vibe are one of those “you had to be there” subjects – but that won’t keep me from trying!
      Take care, Man, and continue the Good Fight!

  3. I was trying to explain the way that we felt and our motivations to someone younger that posted negative comments regarding a new Robert Redford movie “The Company We Keep”. Its about the Weather Underground and the aftermath of some (fictional) members activities. It’s a good movie; I believe the movie has yet to go into wide be released. I used the following contemporary example:

    Here’s something to consider: what if every tattooed person in this country as well as their music and art was mocked and harassed by every person that didn’t have ink? What if every tattooed person was denied a job, profiled by the authorities and constantly pulled over by the police? What if every tattooed person was denigrated by the President, Governors, congressmen, senators and mayor in the country? What if mostly tattooed persons with blue ink only were sent to fight a war 6000 miles away? What if it was proven that this war was started on a lie and continued to be prosecuted based on lies? What if every tattooed person protested against this war and was beaten, arrested and denied due process? What if every tattooed person felt that the common and illegal segregation of pierced people was wrong and wanted that to be changed? What if the government labeled every tattooed and pierced person as an outlaw, over and over again? What if that made every tattooed person feel like and take pride in being an outlaw? What if every day, day after day, every tattooed person was reminded in print, in person and on TV that their lifestyle choice was unacceptable to mainstream people, that it was stupid and anti American? What if every tattooed person had to be careful not to walk down certain streets because construction workers in the North and rednecks in the South would beat them up simply because of the way they looked? What if all of the above existed simply and only because it was different than the mainstream? What if eventually more and more mainstream people started agreeing with the tattooed people’s view points? What if eventually the majority of Americans agreed with the tattooed people and followed every available peaceful option to stop the war and change the injustices against the oppressed? What if after years of legal protest the government said f*uck you and continued to kill tens of thousands of Americans and millions of the other side? What if many of the tattooed soldiers who were forced to fight the war agreed with the protests? What if the government secretly started to kill people in other countries that they had not declared war on? What if everytime you saw another tatooed person, even a stranger you were greeted as if they were your brother or sister? Do you think the tattooed people would band together? Do you think that in desperation and as a last resort they might bomb empty buildings? Would you as a tattooed person do more or would you stay quiet? Now convert tatoos to long hair and maybe you can understand the 60’s.

  4. As a retired collector / historian of the Hippie Era, it is terrific that you are sharing this period artifact. Record these stories and keep them with the artwork for future generations to understand the times and not just respond to an Old Navy Peace Shirt and think that is all there was to the era. Good job.

  5. I especially love your art table. I had an old refrigerator door in my apartment in Boston that looked very similar. Thanx for joining my psychedelic Woodstock journey. Good to share it with you.

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