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Groovy Posters from the Glorious '60s and '70s

Fads | June 19, 2018

Nearly every teen bedroom in the 1960s and 1970s had posters covering all the walls. Teens created shrines to their favorite hot celebrity, favorite band, and even favorite movie by hanging every poster they could get their hands on. People could buy posters almost anywhere. Do you remember how every record store had a huge poster section? You could find any type of poster imaginable there, including ones of your top bands, like Kiss and the Eagles, your hot celebrity crushes, like Shaun Cassidy and Farrah Fawcett, and even contemporary pin-up girls.

Remember when they had crazy cool posters for concerts?

Before every big concert, a band created a poster with all the important information on it…date, place, time, etc. Prior to social media, this was the best way to let people know about the event. These posters were awesome! So cool and retro. They have become part of our culture. Think of the iconic poster for Woodstock…it is still popular today and the poster has been made into t-shirts, coffee mugs, screensavers and … more posters. Concert posters of the 1960s and 1970s had a groovy, trippy vibe to them. That’s why everyone wanted to collect them.

You had to get Your Celebrity Poster from Tiger Beat

Everyone had their set of favorite sexy celebrities, especially during the seventies. There were several fan magazines, like Tiger Beat, that not only gave us gossip on our celebrity crushes but supplied us with more posters for our walls. In addition to Farrah Fawcett and Shaun Cassidy, everyone wanted posters of Jaclyn Smith, Parker Stevenson, John Travolta, Catherine Bach, and more. All you had to do was get the latest issue of Tiger Beat and pull out the posters!

If you Loved the Movie, You HAD to have the Poster

The sixties and seventies movie posters were almost as legendary as the movies themselves. Although the posters were originally intended for the front windows of the movie theater, to let patrons know a bit about the movies that were showing. But they were so impressive that people kept trying to steal them. Finally, the movie studios just started selling the posters.

Groovy Seventies Slang Terms? Put it on a Poster!

“Far out, man,” “Keep on Truckin’”, “Groovy”…if there was a catchy seventies phrase, you can bet it was put on a poster! These types of posters were more inspirational or motivational, not informative, so there was plenty of space to show off the groovy art and graphic design skills of the era, with colorful curves and bubble letters. From pop art to psychedelic swirls, there was something for every taste.  

Who Says Pin-Up was for the Fifties?

Every red-blooded American boy wanted a poster that combined their two favorite things…fast cars and sexy girls. The vintage pin-up posters of the fifties got a contemporary make-over during the late 1960s and 1970s. Bikini-clad girls and muscle cars…that’s what every teenage boy wanted on his bedroom walls.

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Karen Harris

Writer

Karen left the world of academic, quitting her job as a college professor to write full-time. She spends her days with her firefighter husband and four daughters on a hobby farm with an assortment of animals, including a goat named Atticus, a turkey named Gravy, and a chicken named Chickaletta.