The Posters We Put On Our Bedroom Walls In The '60s And '70s

By | June 19, 2018

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Movie poster for Bruce Brown's 1966 surfing documentary 'The Endless Summer;' a classic R. Crumb 'Keep On Truckin' image from 1967. Source: Getty; Pinterest

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?

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Gig posters advertising a Doors/Yardbirds ahow at the Fillmore in San Francisco; Jimi Hendrix with Procol Harum and the Chiffons in London; and Steppenwolf playing the Sports Arena in Toledo. Source: Pinterest

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.