NY: Pix Incorporated, ca. 1967.
The Psychedelicatessen was one of the very first head shops in the United States, following closely on the heels of San Francisco's The Psychedelic Shop in the Haight-Ashbury. Located in the East Village not far from Ed Sander's Peace Eye Bookstore, the Fillmore East, and Tompkins Square Park, they were perfectly located to be the preeminent purveyor of drug acourtements for NYC's hippies. They were the subject of constant police harassment due to their suspected involvement with the LSD trade. The Psychedelicatessen flourished for about two years from 1966-1968 until eventually the police busted them for selling huge quantities of LSD. There is a blurb affixed to the back that, interestingly, is mostly devoted to the Diggers who were active in the East Village at the time, but with no overt connection to the Psychedelicatessen, and a smaller blurb stating: "Inside the Psychedelicatessen, a Tomkins [sic] Square establishment." Also on the back is a rubber stamp identifying the photographer and agency. Ephemera relating to the Psychedelicatessen is rare, the silk-screened day-glo catalog they did of their inventory is one of the most sought after pieces of psychedelia. A wonderful item documenting this venerated space for the LSD cognoscenti of the period. Fine (6.75" x 10").