SAFE CONDUCT PASS. Counterculture.


circa 1967. 5 1/2" x 6", printed in two colors on ruled pale green paper (watermarked Whale Arrowhead Safety Paper). Some mild toning, with creases to two corners; otherwise very good. This scarce piece of counterculture ephemera encapsulates the cultural and generational divide of the period, providing safe conduct for the straight world to visit Hippie Land. It also serves as a reference to the safe conduct passes air-dropped by American forces during the Vietnam War. Although it was issued without attribution, it is thought to be the work of Tuli Kupferberg (1923–2010), counterculture poet, pacifist, anarchist, publisher, and founder of The Fugs. The pass is pictured at the conclusion of Kupferberg's essay in Joseph Berke's work Counter Culture: The Creation of an Alternate Society (1969). The pass reads: "Have you heard all those wild rumors of sex-crazed women, pot, easy money, community & love among the hippies? What if they're true? Don't waste any time. Find out now -- while you're still young. (If they're not true you can always go back to your dull job, boring wife, annoying kids, TV dinners, TV (ugh) & the police force.) This is a safe conduct pass to Hippie-Land. Hand this to the first friendly looking, long-haired boy or girl (it doesn't matter if you can't tell them apart (we'll teach you)) you meet. Good luck. This is the first day of the rest of your life. Peace Music Love Revolution Joy." Very good. Item #72713

Price: $350.00

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