Happy 50th Birthday to the Grateful Dead's Skull And Roses!

Grateful Dead Skull and Roses Stanley Mouse Alton Kelley Avalon Poster50 YEARS AGO TODAY 9/16/66!!! 
Avalon Ballroom
San Francisco, CA
Poster Art by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley
As Stanley Mouse posted on his site:
In 1966 Kelley and I were in the San Francisco public library looking for inspiration for a poster we were doing for the Grateful Dead. We stumbled upon an illustration in the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, a twelfth-century Arabian work of poetry. Kelley said, “Is that the Grateful Dead or is that the Grateful Dead!?” I responded, “that’s got Grateful Dead written all over it!”
Over the years, the Skull and Roses symbology have become central parts of the Grateful Dead iconography. The character in the poster has been known both as Bertha and Skullfuck.

Fun fact: The Avalon poster is titled FD-26 (Family Dog 26) and the original Skull and Roses image (rendered by Edmund Sullivan) appeared on page 26 of the Rubaiyat  of Omar Khayyam. On the accompanying page were these words:

O, come with old Khayyam, and leave the Wise To talk;
one thing is certain, that life flies;
One thing is certain, and the Rest is lies;
The Flower that once has blown forever dies. 

- Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

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