Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Rock 'n' roll poster mystery

The Sydney Morning Herald reports, "Ten historic Australian rock'n'roll posters will be released as stamps [Sept. 12], and Australia Post is adamant that the 37-year-old unsolved mystery surrounding one of them will not drag the company into a legal quagmire."

The problem is nobody knows who designed the 1969 Masters Apprentices' poster(shown above in the center of the top row).

Various attempts were made to locate the original artist but they were fruitless.

Rock poster historian Murray Walding is quoted in the article as saying, "It's one of those things where, even though the artist is unknown, then in that case it is cleared by those who commissioned the work."

When the Herald asked Walding if the designer could now emerge and claim royalties from Australia Post for the stamp, he said, "It is entirely possible. It is one of those research problems you have. I haven't seen anything that resembles this kind of work.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM