Memorabilia: Handbills, Flyers, Postcards

Posters are always popular collectibles. They are often emblematic of their era—think about San Francisco and those Wes Wilson and Victor Moscoso posters from the late 1960s. But posters, especially those showing minimal use or damage, can be expensive. Handbills, flyers and postcards, which are specific to particular events or recordings, generally measure 8.5 x 11 inches or less, and offer a less expensive collecting option than posters. Most, but not all, of my items are from New York City and Boston, and mainly from the 1960s and 1970s.

All handbills, flyers and postcards ship in a stay-flat mailer with extra reinforcing cardboard. Contact me with questions or for a list of what is available, and refer to my Sales Policy for information on invoicing and payment. Here are a few examples.

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Flyer for a concert series presented by Jazz Enterprises at the Little Theatre near Times Square in February and March 1964.This flyer is for a concert series presented by Jazz Enterprises at the Little Theatre near Times Square in February and March 1964. Handbill artist is Edgar Blakeney. The series included Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster, Lucky Thompson, Earl Hines, and Randy Weston. The Jazz Enterprises organizers included Dan Morgenstern and David Himmelstein. A series ticket cost $12.00! This original flyer is printed on plain paper and measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Condition is near mint. The Troy Street Images watermark does not appear on the actual handbill. Price: $25. Contact me for more information or to purchase.

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Flyer for jazz club Slug's shows the schedule from October/November 1966, featuring the groups of Benny Powell, Ornette Coleman, Grant Green, Curtis Fuller, Lou Donaldson, and Stanley Turrentine/Shirley Scott. Slugs’ was a legendary NYC jazz club and musicians’ hangout owned by Robert Schoenholt and Jerry Schultz, which operated from 1964 to 1972. The talent was always first rate, and as one account has it, Slugs’ was the place where you went to hear a Blue Note album being played live. It closed in 1972 not long after trumpeter Lee Morgan was shot dead there. This flyer shows the schedule from October/November 1966, featuring the groups of Benny Powell, Ornette Coleman, Grant Green, Curtis Fuller, Lou Donaldson, and Stanley Turrentine/Shirley Scott. This original flyer is printed on plain paper and measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Condition is near mint. The Troy Street Images watermark does not appear on the actual handbill. Price: $25. Contact me for more information or to purchase.

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Flyer: Leonard Cohen concert, 1975Concert producer H-T Productions used this flyer to advertise a rare Boston appearance by Leonard Cohen, Feb 9, 1975 at Boston’s Symphony Hall. This is a genuine H-T handbill, and one like it was probably posted on every campus bulletin board in Boston in the days before the concert. This original flyer measures 6.5 x 8.5 inches and is printed on card stock, and was intended for use as a direct mail piece. The reverse side has the return address and postal permit info. The card was not mailed and is in near-mint condition. The Troy Street Images watermark does not appear on the actual handbill. Price: $25. Contact me for more information or to purchase.

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