NY: Psychedelicatessen, ca. 1967.
Seven advertisements neatly excised from various underground newspapers in NYC in the late '60s. The Psychedelicatessen was one of the very first head shops in the United States, following closely on the heels of 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. A batch of evanescent material no longer possible to assemble---how many people preciently and meticulously cut each ad for the Psychedelicatessen that they saw? Some of the ads mention the availability of their now much-sought-after silk-screened day-glo catalog of their inventory that sells for ca. $3000. when one surfaces on the market. An ephemeral and rare group of advertisements from this venerated space for the LSD cognoscenti of the period. Various sizes, the largest measuring 5" x 5.75"---the smallest 2.5" x 4". Occasional touch of toning as one would expect, 1-inch closed tear to one piece, else very nice. For the lot:.