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Get out the Blacklight. Posters from the Psychedelic Era

“David, The Head” Neon Blacklight Poster, 1970 by Calan

Blacklight posters were a main ingredient of the psychedelic movement. They were part and parcel of the hippie lifestyle, an essential part of the trip.

“The blacklight poster was actually a medium capable of mimicking the effects of the new wonder drug. With the ability to glow and vibrate under ultraviolet light, the posters could simulate the sensations and visual distortions one experienced during an acid trip.” says Daniel Donahue in his introduction to kick off  Ultraviolet: 69 Classic Blacklight Posters from the Aquarian Age and Beyond.

Love how a couple are by L.S. Day 🙂

“Lucian” Erotic Neon Blacklight Poster, 1970 by n/a

“Garden of Eden” Blacklight Velvet Poster, 1970 by L.S. Day

“Aquarian Age” Blacklight Velvet Astrology Poster, 1974 by L.S. Day

“Arcturus Coma” Silkscreened Neon Blacklight Poster, ca. 1970 by Tom Korpalski

Caliban Books is currently offering these and more.

2009 Review of  Ultraviolet: 69 Classic Blacklight Posters from the Aquarian Age and Beyond at Pop Matters

Oh and if you need a blacklight, would be a good place to start.

The first poster ‘David, the Head’ was featured in our recent Bibliology email.

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