Ephemera: Flyers, Handbills, Postcards

I started collecting flyers, postcards and similar musical ephemera for one reason: cost. Like many people, I wanted to collect posters. They are often emblematic of their era—think about San Francisco and those psychedelic art posters advertising concerts in the 1960s. But posters, especially those showing minimal wear or damage, can be expensive. Handbills, flyers, invitations and postcards, which are specific to particular events or promotions, offer a less expensive collecting option.

Most, but not all, of my items are from New York City and Boston, and mainly from the 1960s and 1970s. These are original items, not reproductions. The items shown here are the actual items for sale—no substitutions.

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. Click on any image to see it at a larger size.

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Flyer: "Jazz on Broadway" at the Little Theatre, NYC, February/March 1964This 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: schedule for Slugs' jazz club, October/November 1966 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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Flyer: Jazz Spectacular at Crystal Room, Feb 1963Boots Mussulli was a saxophonist who is best known for his work with the Stan Kenton and Herb Pomeroy orchestras. He also founded and directed the Milford Area Youth Orchestra, whose swinging set surprised everybody at Newport in 1967. And Boots ran the Crystal Room, a jazz club in his home town of Milford, MA. Here is a handbill from the Crystal Room advertising a Jazz Spectacular that played on Feb 22, 1963. Trumpeter Roy Eldridge and tap dancer Bunny Briggs were the headliners, with Herb Pomeroy’s orchestra, Hammond B3 organist Joe Bucci, and vocalist Mae Arnette also on the program.

This original flyer is printed on plain paper and measures 8.5 x 11 inches. The date was hand-corrected in ink. 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 from Paul's Mall/Jazz Workshop, April 1978Paul’s Mall and the Jazz Workshop were adjoining clubs, located downstairs at 733 Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay. The Workshop opened in 1963, the Mall one year later, and they both closed forever on Sunday, April 9, 1978. This was the clubs’ final schedule. Dee Dee Bridgewater opened for B.B. King in Paul’s Mall, and Milt Jackson fronted Ray Santisi’s trio to close the Workshop. (Pianist Santisi also played on opening night in September 1963.) Dollar Brand (who had not yet changed his name to Abdullah Ibrahim) started the month at the Jazz Workshop.

This original flyer is printed on plain paper and measures 6.5 x 10 inches. Condition is very good plus, showing a few wrinkles and light stains. The Troy Street Images watermark does not appear on the actual handbill. Price: $22. Contact me for more information or to purchase.

 

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