An original 1967 poster for The Om Festival of Lights, an event held on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County outside of San Francisco on August 20, 1967. The site became a famous place for rock concerts during the "Summer of Love." The poster describes a "Procession of Light from Mt. Home parking lot to Mt. Tamalpais peak - bring candles, lanterns and love." According to the book "The Haight-Ashbury: A History by Charles Perry" (1984), the Grateful Dead performed for about 2,500 people at the event but park rangers shut the gathering down due to lack of a permit and the potential fire hazard.
The bottom of the poster has credits reading "Sponsored by Association for United Mankind (AUM), Samuel Bercholz, Director." A Samuel Bercholz co-founded Shambala Publications in Berkeley in 1969, presumed to be the same person. A copyright at the bottom of the poster credits Pentagonal Dodecahedron Ltd. with a P.O. Box in San Francisco, and a printing credit for The Bindweed Press of SF.
The Bindweed Press was the business name for Frank Westbrook, a San Francisco printer known for printing concert posters for The Family Dog and Avalon Ballroom during the late 1960s. Bindweed was also the printer for the Summer of Love's most famous event, the "Human Be-In" at Golden Gate Park. A scarce item, with limited information and no available copies found online. Item #1386.
Condition: Near Fine, toning to paper.