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 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. Some rounding on the corners, otherwise condition is near mint. The Troy Street Images watermark does not appear on the actual handbill. Price: $29. 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: $29. 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: $29. 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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Charles Lloyd, Dick Gregory handbillPaul’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. The clubs were a focal point of Boston nightlife until they closed in 1978. During the week of July 31-August 6, 1972, the Charles Lloyd Quartet were at the Workshop and comedian Dick Gregory was at the Mall, along with pop singers Jimmie and Vella. (They were actually brother and sister.)

This original flyer measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches (14 x 21.6 cm) and is printed on card stock. It 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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Nina Simone handbillThe music of pianist and singer Nina Simone became more political in 1963, after the Birmingham church bombing. That was the year she composed “Mississippi Goddam,” and perhaps she even sang it in concert on November 27, 1963 at Boston’s Symphony Hall. The promoter was Art D’Lugoff, owner of the Village Gate nightclub in Greenwich Village, and one of Simone’s early supporters.

This original flyer measures 7 x 10 inches (18 x 25.5 cm) and is printed on plain paper. Condition is fine. Light corner and edge wear, a 1/3-inch closed tear on the right, some age discoloration in the lower right. The Troy Street Images watermark does not appear on the actual handbill. Price: $29. Contact me for more information or to purchase.

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Newport 1970 flyerThe 17th annual Newport Jazz Festival took place at Festival Field in Newport RI on July 10-12, 1970. It was a heady mix of jazz, blues and a touch of R&B, with Dizzy Gillespie, Elvin Jones, Ike and Tina Turner, Buddy Rich, Ella, Cannonball, T-Bone Walker… all the cats.

This original two-sided flyer measures 8.5 x 10.5 inches (21.5 x 26.5 cm) and is printed on heavy plain paper. It could be folded and used as a mailer, but this copy is unused and its condition is very fine. The Troy Street Images watermark does not appear on the actual item. Price: $39. Contact me for more information or to purchase.

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Club Ruby May 1966 handbillClub Ruby was a small room on Baisley Boulevard in Queens, across the street from what were then the grounds of St Albans Naval Hospital (today’s Roy Wilkins Park). In 1966-67, New York promoter Jim Harrison presented some sessions that were every bit as hip as what was happening in Manhattan. On May 19, 1966, the club hosted a tribute to Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown and Booker Little. Featured were seven top trumpeters of the mid-1960s: Freddie Hubbard, Blue Mitchell, Bill Hardman, Tommy Turrentine, Richard Williams, Lonnie Hillyer and Charles Tolliver. Tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson also played.

This original flyer is printed on lightweight plain paper and measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches (14 x 21.6 cm). Condition is very fine. The handbill came back from the print shop with the image a bit off-center on the page. 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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Blood Sweat and Tears Apr 1970 handbillThe rock/jazz/blues horn band Blood, Sweat & Tears had their bags packed for an overseas tour when they stopped at the Boston Garden on April 17, 1970. David Clayton-Thomas, Lew Soloff, Bobby Colomby and company played for a sellout crowd. Their concert was sponsored by the Now Crowd at radio station WRKO-AM, which at the time was a national trend-setter in the world of rock radio.

This original flyer measures 8.25 x 11 inches and is printed on plain paper. It is in near mint condition. Price: $25. Contact me for more information or to purchase.

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Benny Goodman postcard 1966Here is a postcard promoting a notable engagement by Benny Goodman’s Sextet at the Rainbow Grill, 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, May 31 through June 16, 1966. This 1966 sextet included such diverse talents as trumpeter Doc Cheatham and pianist Herbie Hancock. They were reviewed by Down Beat’s Dan Morgenstern in the July 28, 1966 issue. The card features the iconic Al Hirschfeld caricature of Benny playing clarinet with many hands, and the reverse lists the particulars of the gig.

This original postcard measures 4-3/8 x 6-5/8 inches (11 x 17 cm) and is printed on card stock. It was intended for use as a direct mail piece but was not addressed or mailed, and its condition is near mint. A must for the Goodman collector! Price: $18. Contact me for more information or to purchase.

 

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