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The Diggers
1% Free
San Francisco: The Diggers, 1968. 17 1/2 x 22" poster, printed in dark black green on white paper. Perhaps the most iconic poster issued by the Diggers, and one of their few large format works. The poster was based on a photograph by Arnold Genthe of two Chinese Tong men on Jackson street in the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake. The 1% was a reference to the use of the phrase by the Hell's Angels, but lead to a misconception among some Haight Street proprietors that the 1% indicated they should tithe 1% of their sales to the Diggers. The poster exists in several different shades of ink and there is also variance in sheet size. According to the research of Eric Noble, the posters printed in this size were printed by Emmett Grogan. Peter Coyote, in his memoir Sleeping Where I Fall, describes the creation and distribution of the poster on pages 81-82. The image became on of the most iconic images of the group, and also appeared in The Realist and the San Francisco Express Times, advertising the Diggers' Free Shop. Some light foxing and creasing, pinholes to upper tips, with a 1/2" tear to upper margin. Very good.
Bookseller: Division Leap [New York, NY, U.S.A.]

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