THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED LIST OF
VULCAN GAS COMPANY
POSTERS AND HANDBILLS

Copyright 2004-2005: All Rights Reserved.
This website is for historical purposes only. All images
and source material used on this web site are in the
care and custody of Dr. Dennis Hickey and may
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CA$H FOR TEXAS PSYCHEDELIC POSTERS!!

INTRODUCTION: In many respects, Texas was a scary place to live during the late 1950s and early 1960s.  Repression of minorities was officially sanctioned, police brutality was commonplace, and free thinkers and non-conformists were not welcome.  At the same time, however, Texas continued to maintain elements of its long progressive tradition.  After all, this was a state where voters had elected an anti-Ku Klux Klan and pro-alcohol candidate as Governor in the 1920s.  When the legislature responded by impeaching and removing him, the voters retaliated by electing his wife, the first female Governor in the United States.  Forty years later, Texans were still electing progressive mavericks.  For example, a liberal Democrat, the late Ralph Yarborough, was sent to the US Senate in the early 1960s.
        Indicative of the progressive elements in Texas society, the Lone Star State produced some of the greatest legends in rock and roll music--ranging from Buddy Holly to Janis Joplin.  It also produced some incredible nightclubs during the psychedelic era.  The most important of these was the Vulcan Gas Company in Austin, Texas.
        Throughout the early to mid-1960s, Austin's counter-culture had searched for a club that would showcase its music.  For a time, the
11th Door and the Chequered Flag had sufficed as these were "folkie" clubs that catered to University of Texas students and others interested in this progressive music form.  However, those seeking more "authentic" hillbilly music journeyed to North Austin and hung out at Threadgill's.  At that establishment they could mingle with Central Texas' "cedar choppers" (rednecks), drink beer and listen to yodeling and fiddling.  According to most accounts, Janis Joplin spent many evenings at Threadgill's.  No one would dare to enter The Skyline, a real redneck country and western roadhouse that was located on far North Lamar (sometimes called the Dallas Highway).
        In 1965, Austin's folk music scene began to yield to the psychedelic music era.  New bands--particularly the 13th Floor Elevators and the Conqueroo--began to draw attention.  But the bands had no place to perform on a regular basis.  The New Orleans Club, a sleepy watering hole that catered to middle aged white folks with a taste for Dixieland Jazz, took a chance and began to showcase the 13th Floor Elevators to huge crowds.  Legal hassles, however, led the New Orleans Club to reverse course and abandon rock and roll.  At that point, the Jade Room stepped in.  But this club also proved to be a poor substitute.  By late 1966, it would agree to hire psychedelic bands only during mid-week and reverted to a "big band" format for the weekends.  The club also attracted a large contingent of the university's Greek community who could not understand or appreciate the alternative music.  The fraternity brothers preferred endless renditions of "Louie, Louie" and "Gloria" and quarreled with the hippies.
        Arguably, Austin's first real effort to establish a psychedelic club was The Fred. It included a light show and psychedelic bands.  But this establishment was very short-lived.  Like other venues of the era, it was raided by the Texas Liquor Control Board (LCB) and lost its liquor license after a minor was found to be drinking beer.  The Fred was then replaced by Club Saracen, a venue that combined elements of the psychedelic scene and the fraternity scene.  As might be expected, the venture failed.  Another interesting experiment entailed moving the psychedelic music scene to the
IL Club or The Afro in Austin's African-American community.  But the efforts suffered a similar fate and most clubs located in the African-American community--including the famous Charlies Playhouse--refused to book the hippie bands.
        The continued need for a psychedelic club that would showcase psychedelic music and other "non-conventional" music forms (including the blues) on a regular and predictable basis led to the creation of a loose group of hippies who originally called themselves "The Electric Grandmother."  Rather than print posters in the traditional "boxing style" format (click here to view rock posters that resembled old posters used to promote fights), the Electric Grandmother used psychedelic art to promote their shows. After organizing three concerts by the 13th Floor Elevators (including one at the Houston Music Theatre in Houston, Texas), the group changed its name to "The Vulcan Gas Company" and promoted three more shows.  These included an April 22, 1967 Conqueroo concert at the Doris Miller Auditorium (an event that generated what is technically the first Vulcan Gas Company poster), a May 6, 1967 show at the Doris Miller Auditorium and a September 24, 1967 "Love-In" at Austin's Zilker Park.  The Vulcan Gas Company then rented a building located at 316 Congress Avenue (at the time a run-down part of downtown Austin) and opened a club under its name.
        Not surprisingly, the local "establishment" did not approve of the Vulcan Gas Company.  The operators didn't even bother to apply for a liquor license, knowing that the Vulcan would be raided (and closed) by the TCB.  Consequently, the club depended entirely upon revenues generated by "the gate" and by various benefit concerts.  Sometime in 1969 it also sought to generate some money by requiring a membership card for patrons (it cost one dollar).  The cards included a detachable stub so members could fill them out and be placed on a mailing list to receive handbills announcing events in the mail (the Vulcan had started using mailers in 1968).
        As described, local authorities were not ready for a psychedelic nightclub in the midst of downtown Austin. Since the Vulcan could not be raided for "liquor violations," it was busted for "electrical violations" by the city.  It seems that the famous Light Show constituted a major electrical danger to people's lives.  The city also attempted to pressure the owner of the building to terminate the lease and evict the hippies.  Moreover, in another effort to kill the Vulcan, the local newspaper at first refused to run advertisements promoting its shows (this ban was lifted after a year or so). In order to overcome this obvious handicap, the club owners turned to posters--ery BIG posters.  Unlike the posters printed in San Francisco, many Vulcan Gas Company posters measured a whooping 23x28 inches.  With their colorful psychedelic designs, they caught the attention of the city's burgeoning counter culture and helped fill the club.  Handbills were also actively distributed.  But students caught distributing handbills and/or posters in local high schools were often expelled.
        Over the years, the large colorful posters tended to give way to handbills. The posters--although printed in low print runs--were quite expensive for the club to print.  Consequently, some art generated by the Vulcan Gas Company is available only in handbills. Moreover, in two instances, the Vulcan was so strapped for cash that posters were printed on newsprint.  At other times, posters were silk-screened in very small numbers.  And there are a few relatively small Vulcan Gas Company poster (for example, see "Gas Pump" on August 22, 1969 below).
        The Vulcan Gas Company operated from 1967 until mid-1970.  It was the state's first real psychedelic nightclub and generated some of the best psychedelic poster art printed during the 1960s.  Artists who created posters for the club included Gilbert Shelton (who later penned the Fabulous Fury Freak Brothers comix), Jim Franklin, John Shelton, Jack Jackson and Jim Harter, among others.  Altogether, there were only 46 posters printed (to date, we know of 45). Handbills were much more common.  Some posters and handbills enjoyed a relatively large print-run, while others are extraordinarily rare.
        The Vulcan Gas Company's posters and handbills promoted performances by a wide variety of bands and musicians.  The club's management displayed a keen appreciation for both psychedelic music and the blues.  In the field of rock and roll, most of the bands were local.  One will find that Shiva's Headband and the Conqueroo are very well represented on the Vulcan's posters.  But posters and/or handbills also promote shows by larger acts, including the 13th Floor Elevators, Moby Grape and the Velvet Underground.  With respect to the blues, local Texans like Freddie King and Mance Lipcomb performed regularly at the Vulcan.  However, Muddy Waters, Big Mama Thorton, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Jimi Reed and others also journeyed to Austin for shows.  Posters and/or handbills were always printed to promote these important events.
         Collectors always want to ask the question, "so which posters and handbills are the rare ones?"  The answer to that question is simply, "yes."  All of the Vulcan Gas Company posters and handbills are rare.  They were never mass-produced like their counter-parts on the West Coast.  Collectors should also note that, unlike San Francisco's Avalon Ballroom or Fillmore Auditorium, there are no authorized second, third or upteenth printings of Vulcan posters to confuse and confound them.  Simply stated, if a poster is a "second printing," it's a fake.  Thus far, only a small number of crude counterfeit Vulcan handbills have surfaced.  It seems these were printed in the late 1980s or early 1990s and may be easily identified as fakes.
        For several years, the Vulcan Gas Company reigned supreme as Texas' premiere psychedelic nightclub. For a brief period, it looked as if the Pleasure Dome, another psychedelic club in downtown Austin, might provide the Vulcan with some real competition.  However, this nightspot was short-lived and closed after the owner purportedly experienced legal problems.  Other psychedelic clubs--most notably Houston's
Love Street Light Circus and Feelgood Machine--also tried to succeed as psychedelic clubs in Texas (be sure to click on the link to Love Street to view posters/handbills from that venue!).  In fact, Love Street opened before the Vulcan Gas Company opened (still, the Vulcan was producing shows before Love Street). The Catacombs, another Houston club that opened in 1966, also eventually turned into a psychedelic club of sorts.  In any event, none of these 1960s-era clubs ever generated posters or handbills to rival those produced for the Vulcan Gas Company.  The Vulcan Gas Company stood alone as the premiere psychedelic club of Texas during the 1960s.  Indeed, it was one of the most important psychedelic nightclubs of the entire psychedelic era.
        I arrived in Austin in 1971, roughly one year after the Vulcan Gas Company closed.  At the time, the Armadillo World Headquarters was in full swing (it  operated until 1980) and Armadillo posters were all over town.  The large Vulcans had disappeared into closets, trunks or trash bins. In the early 80s, I was fortunate enough to obtain a large collection of Vulcan Gas Company handbills at a garage sale.  Ever since that time, I've been hooked.  If you would like to make any corrections or additions to the list below, or if you would like to part with some posters (I buy collections), please feel free to send me an email and I will response as soon as possible. My email address is dennishickey@missouristate.edu and my office phone number is 417-836-5850. 

Please note that I have contributed a chapter on the Vulcan Gas Company posters to the definitive study of psychedelic concert posters, namely, Eric King's book, A Collector's Guide to Psychedelic Rock Concert Posters, Postcards and Handbills 1965-1973, (ninth edition and tenth edition). This book is the definitive guide to rock concert posters! Be sure to buy it soon!


frontofvulcan.jpg (10549 bytes)

The Vulcan Gas Company circa Christmas 1967

I wish to thank my wife, Pat Cheng-May Hickey, for her support, encouragement and assistance.  Also, I would like to thank Terry Raines.   I "borrowed" many of the titles of posters from his publication on the music graphics of Texas and his listing of Vulcan posters is the foundation upon which all subsequent lists are based.  And I would like to thank all the other people who have provided me with Vulcan posters and handbills.  Without their support, I would never have been able to complete the list below.

Thanks and keep those posters and handbills coming! Please remember that I will pay CA$H for collections!!! Please email me at dennishickey@missouristate.edu

CA$H FOR TEXAS PSYCHEDELIC POSTERS!!!

Sincerely,

Dennis V. Hickey

 


P=Poster
H=Handbill
C=Card (postcards)
OA=Original Art
T=Ticket (The Tickets are placed at bottom of website--scroll down!)
M=Mailer (handbills that were folded and mailed--some used stamps, others were mailed bulk rate from an office on North Lamar)


VGC 1967-01-07 Mark Weakley

"THE ANGEL"

THE ELECTRIC GRANDMOTHER PRESENTS 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS, CONQUEROO, JOMO AT DORIS MILLER AUDITORIUM

P-1
P-2 (This poster has the name of another band penciled in at the bottom, The Human Factor, which was the back-up band for the 13th Floor Elevators).
H-1 (Various shades of blue)
dorismiller67.jpg (37235 bytes)
Poster                                   Handbill


VGC 1967-02-01 Jack Otis Moore (Jomo)

"RAG BENEFIT"

THE ELECTRIC GRANDMOTHER PRESENTS THE CONQUEROO, CHELSEA, AND THE JOMO DISASTER LIGHT SHOW  AT THE METHODIST STUDENT CENTER.  THIS SHOW WAS A BENEFIT FOR AUSTIN'S UNDERGROUND NEWSPAPER, THE RAG. PORTIONS OF THE BAND, CHELSEA, WOULD SOON BECOME THE GOLDEN DAWN (SEE VG5 BELOW).

H-1

Handbill (poster was never printed for this event)

                          


VGC 1967-02-10 Mark Weakley

"RAM’S HEAD"*

THE ELECTRIC GRANDMOTHER PRESENTS THE 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS, CONQUEROO AT THE CITY COLISEUM
P-1
H-1
H-2 (uncut sheet of four--not pictured)
vatorscitycollesium.jpg (11530 bytes)
Poster                                          Handbill

*Ticket to Show Featured Below


VCG 1967--02-18 Jack Otis Moore (Jomo)

"THE HAND"*

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS AND THE ELECTRIC GRANDMOTHER PRESENTS 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS, CONQUEROO, JOMO DISASTER LIGHT SHOW AT THE HOUSTON MUSIC THEATRE IN HOUSTON, TEXAS

P-1
H-1
H-2 (uncut sheet of four)
T-1 (TICKET--SEE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE)

thehand.jpg (17010 bytes)
Poster                                      Handbill                                Uncut Handbill Sheet

*Ticket to Show Featured Below
 


VGC 1967-03-12  Gilbert Shelton

" Dove of Peace"

Pete Seeger and Bernice Reagon at the City Coliseum in Austin, Texas.  This poster does not belong to the Electric Grandmother series or the Vulcan Gas Company series. However, it was promoted by individuals in both organizations and is an important transition piece between the two.
P-1
peteseeger.jpg (5812 bytes)

Poster


VGC 1967-04-22 Terry Holoman

"CELEBRATION OF LOVE"

CONQUEROO, RACHEL'S CHILDREN AT DORIS MILLER AUDITORIUM
P-1
H-1
H-2 (uncut sheet of four)
H-3 (a pink and blue uncut sheet of four--not pictured)

celebration.jpg (6806 bytes)
Poster                                        H-1 Handbill               H-2 (uncut sheet)


VGC 1967-05-06 Tony Bell

"FANTASIA"*

CONQUEROO!, RACHEL'S CHILDREN AT DORIS MILLER AUDITORIUM
P-1
H-1
T-1 (SEE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE)
fantasiabig.jpg (4718 bytes)fantasia.jpg (8797 bytes)
Poster                                     Handbill                       

*Ticket to Show Featured Below


VGC 1967-09-24 Tony Bell

"THE OWL/ LOVE-IN AT ZILKER PARK"

SHIVA’S HEADBAND, THINGIES, CIRCUS MAXIMUS, CONQUEROO, BLACK LACE.  THIS EVENT WAS PROMOTED BY THE VULCAN AND OTHERS.
P-1
H-1 Different image from poster, has small owl at top of handbill. (b&w)
H-2 Same image as H1, but has a small bat at top (yellow, pink & green) H-3 Same image as H1 or H2, but has the words "Vulcan Gas Co" penned in at top of handbill

biglovein.jpg (25496 bytes)zilker.jpg (16289 bytes)
Poster                                   Handbill


VGC 1967-10-27/28 Gilbert Shelton

"GRAND OPENING" (VG1)

CONQUEROO, SHIVA’S HEADBAND
P-1
H-1 (yellow and black)
H-2 (black and white)

vulcanopening.jpg (38275 bytes)
Poster                                        Handbill                    Handbill


VGC 1967-11-03/04 Gilbert Shelton

"WINNIE THE POOH" (VG2)

13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS, CONQUEROO, SHIVA'S HEAD BAND
P-1
H-1 A
H-1 B (reverse image of H-1A—both are b&w)
winniethepooh.jpg (5892 bytes)
Poster                                          Handbill 1A                     Handbill 1-B


VGC 1967-11-10/11 Gilbert Shelton

"THE HEART" (VG3)

CONQUEROO AND THE SWISS MOVEMENT
P-1
P-2 (has white border around margin)
H-1 A
H-1 B (has white border around margin—both are b&w)
heart.jpg (6673 bytes)
Poster                                          Handbill 1B


VGC 1967-11-17/18 Gilbert Shelton

"WHITE GIRL" (VG4)

THINGIES, SOUTH CANADIAN OVERFLOW, SHIVA'S HEAD BAND
P-1 (yellow print and white border)
P-2 (does not have white border around poster and has different colors in printing)
P-3 (greenish print and white border)
P-4 (yellow & green print and white border)
H-1 (b&w)
White girl.JPG (29287 bytes)
      Poster                                        Handbill


VGC 1967-11-24/25 Gilbert Shelton

"BLOW YOUR MIND," (VG5)

THINGIES, GOLDEN DAWN
P-1 (Features image of some Characters but not the Freak Brothers and has a white border around edges)
P-2 (same colors and image, but no white border around poster)
H-1 (Completely different image from poster—red & white)
blowyourmind.jpg (6798 bytes)
Poster                                              Handbill


VGC 1967-12-01/02 Tony Bell

"LIGHTNING" (VG6)

LIGHTIN' HOPKINS, CONQUEROO
P-1
P-2 (Has white border around margins)
Please note that there are some variations in the colors around the little "caveman" sitting in the image in the left lower corner of this poster. In the image below, the poster appears more purple. But there is an "orange tinged" variant. Also the the yellow printing is sometimes darker yellow or lighter yellow.
H-1 (Different image from poster—b&w)
Lightening.JPG (28520 bytes)
Poster                                                  Handbill


VGC 1967-12-08/10 Gilbert Shelton

"BRAINS AND GUTS" (VG7)

13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS , SHIVA’S HEADBAND, SWISS MOVEMENT, SOUTH CANADIAN OVERFLOW
P-1
H-1 (b&w)
H-2 (b&pink)

Poster                                              Handbill


VGC 1967-12-15/17 Gilbert Shelton

"INDIAN AND PHONOGRAPH" (VG8)

SHIVA'S HEADBAND , LOST AND FOUND
P-1
H-1 A (printed in at least two color stocks—b&w and green and black)
H-1 B (Reverse side is bust benefit handbill below)
indianphono.jpg (8020 bytes)
Poster                                               Handbill


VGC 1967-12-17 Charlie Loving

"BUST BENEFIT"

THE CONQUEROO, SHIVA'S HEADBAND
H-1 Often reverse side of VGC 1967-12-15/17
bustbenefit2.jpg (8944 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1967-12-22/23+30/31 Gilbert Shelton

"PSYCHO BUBBLES" (VG9)

CONQUEROO, AFRO CARAVAN, GOLDEN DAWN, SHIVA'S HEAD BAND
P-1
P-2 Test Print of Poster without Most Information on it
H-1 (five stock colors—b&w, b & blue, b&yellow, b&pink, b & green)
psychobubbles.jpg (6024 bytes)
Poster                                                 Handbill


VGC 1967-12-25 (distributed circa X-Mas 1967)

"PEACE AND FREEDOM "
H-1 (features photos of the Vulcan Gas Company and those who run the club)
peaceandfreedom.jpg (7976 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1968-01-05/06 Robert Rush

"THE DRAGON" (VG10)

LORD AUGUST AND THE VISIONS OF LIFE, THE GEORGETOWN MEDICAL BAND
P-1
H-1 Six different colored stocks
(brown&gray, brown&green, brown&yellow, brown&pink, brown & bluish gray, brown and white)
lordaugust.jpg (5521 bytes)
Poster                                               Handbill


 VGC 1968-01-12/13 Gilbert Shelton

"CELEBRITY COLLAGE" (VG11)

SHIVA'S HEAD BAND, THE LOST AND FOUND
P-1
P-2 (a test print or misprint with VG 12 printed lightly over VG 11)
H-1 Three color variants (deep red& blue, orange & blue and blue & white)
celebrityposter.jpg (5933 bytes)celebritycollage.jpg (11220 bytes)
    
Poster                               Handbill                                
                                                


VGC 1968-01-16+23+30+02-06 Gilbert Shelton

"CONTEMPORARY CINEMA CLASSICS" 

FOUR FILMS SHOWING AT THE VULCAN GAS COMPANY
H-1 Four color variants (b&w, b&yellow, b&blue and b&pink)
cinemaclassics.jpg (4850 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1968-02-21+28+03-6+03-12 Gilbert Shelton

"CONTEMPORARY CINEMA CLASSICS TWO"

FOUR FILMS SHOWING AT THE VULCAN GAS COMPANY
H-1: b&w

Handbill


VGC 1968-01-19/20 Jim Franklin

"HEAD TO HEAD" (VG12)

MANCE LIPSCOMB, CONQUEROO
P-1
P-2 (there is a misprint with VG 11 on the same poster--see VG-11 note above)
P-3 (this is a version without most of the the blue or purple hues found in most posters)
H-1 (b&w, white margin on left side and top)
H-2 (same but white margin only on left side)
H-3 (same, no white margin)
headtohead.jpg (8059 bytes)
Handbill (poster is almost identical, but has hues of blue in it)


VGC 1968-01-26/27 Gilbert Shelton

"CHECKERED EYE" (VG13)

SHIVA'S HEAD BAND, AFRO CARAVAN AND THE STRAWBERRY SHOEMAKER
P-1
H-1(on thicker card stock)
H-2(also on thicker card stock, but larger and lighter)
H-3 (same as above, but with postal back)
M-1 (mailer that was actually mailed by one of the founders of the Vulcan to a friend in NYC explaining local events & progress of club)

checkeredeye.jpg (2853 bytes)
Poster


VGC 1968-01-30 Artist Unknown

"GOLD DIGGERS"

THE FILM "GOLD DIGGERS OF 1937" SHOWING AT THE VULCAN GAS COMPANY
H-1 (a "half-size" handbill on a full-size sheet of paper--probably a test print)
H-2 (same as above, but a "half-size" handbill)

Test Print of Handbill


VGC 1968-02-01/03+09/10 Wittlif

"THE OCTOPUS" (VG14)

SHIVA'S HEADBAND, CONQUEROO , LOST & FOUND, GEORGETOWN MEDICAL BAND
P-1
C-1 postal back
C-2 blank back
C-3 double card with tickets attached
octopus.jpg (24606 bytes)
Poster                                      C-1                    C-3 (notice tickets above cards)


VGC 1968-02-14 Gilbert Shelton

"VALENTINES DAY MASSACRE":

CONQUEROO, SHIVA'S HEAD BAND
H-1
saintvalentines.jpg (5797 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1968-02-16/17+23/24 Jim Franklin

"HOT PLATE HEADS" (VG15)

SHIVA'S HEAD BAND, CONQUEROO, RUBAIYAT, LIGHTNING HOPKINS
P-1 (see image below)
P-2 (trimmed with gray hues, no white lettering)
C-1
C-2 (double card with tickets attached and postal backs)
Hot plate.JPG (30271 bytes)
Poster                                 Handbill


VGC 1968-02-17 Jim Franklin

"VULCAN GAS REQUESTS YOU BRING TWO DOLLARS (FOR A PORTRAIT) AFTER FEBUARY 17"

H-1 A Promotes Jim Franklin's willingness to do portraits at the club
H-1 B Large image of Jim Franklin's face with small writing at the bottom of handbill
franklin2.jpg (3529 bytes)
H-1A
franklin1.jpg (4313 bytes) 
H-1 B                                                


VGC 1968-02-22 Charlie Loving

"BUST BENEFIT DANCE"

SHIVA'S HEADBAND, CONQUEROO, GEORGETOWN MEDICAL
H-1 (two versions have surfaced--most have a white paper background, but a handbill with a yellow background also exists)
H-2 (probably a test print of printing error--this version does not have the drawings of the 'hippies' in the middle of the handbill)

bustbenefit.jpg (7503 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1968-03-01/02+08/09 Robert Rush

"PLANT FORMS"(VG16)

SHIVA'S HEAD BAND, BIG JOE WILLIAMS, CONQUEROO, RUBAYYAT
P-1
P-2 (a red variant on very thin stock paper--possibly a test print)
H-1
H-2 (same as H1, but an uncut sheet of two handbills with different color-blue)
plantforms.jpg (10221 bytes)
Handbill (almost identical to poster)       H2 (Uncut Sheet of two blue & white handbills)


P-2 (red variant of poster)


VGC 1968-03-10 Jim Franklin

"DEAD SOLDIER"

BUST BENEFIT: RUBAYYAT, AUSTIN SUBURBAN LOAN CO.
H-1 A b&w
H-1 B same, but b&green
H-1 C same, but b&pink
deadsoldier.jpg (5186 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1968-03-15/16+22/23 Wittlif

COMMONLY KNOWN AS "WOMAN WITH BALL" (VG 17), BUT THE ACTUAL TITLE PROVIDED BY THE ARTIST (WITTLIF) WAS "THE FORTUNE TELLER"

SHIVA'S HEAD BAND, SPACE AMERICAN EAGLE SQUADRON, CONQUEROO, LOST AND FOUND
P-1
P-2 (there are two known reddish variants on very thin stock paper--possibly test prints--like VG16)
H-1
Girl with ball.JPG (26499 bytes)girlwithball.jpg (12824 bytes)
Posterl                                 Handbill


VGC 1968-03-29/30+04-05/06 Gerry Storm

"SPEAKERS" (VG 18)*

CONQUEROO, BUBBLE PUPPY, SHIVA'S HEAD BAND, BLUES BAG
P-1
H-1 (This is identical to the poster--but much smaller)
H-2 (This is the same as the "normal" handbill, but it is printed in the middle of a standard 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper. It was probably a test pressing).
speakers.jpg (5175 bytes)
Handbill (identical to poster)   Handbill Version H-2

*Ticket to Show Featured Below


VGC 1968-04-12/13+19/20 Gilbert Shelton

"SYRINGE HEAD" (VG 19)

SHIVA'S HEAD BAND, RUBAIYAT, CONQUEROO, SLEEPY JOHN ESTES
P-1
P-2 (The printing on some of these posters is noticeably off-register and show a white margin or "shadow" around the lettering--it is most notable in the bottom right hand portion of the poster)
H-1 (Two versions have surfaced--Green & Black and Yellow & Black)
Syringe head.JPG (30006 bytes)
Poster                              Handbill


VGC 1968-04-25 Gilbert Shelton

"DOWN HOME NIGHT"

ANGELA LEWIS AND THE FABULOUS ROCKETS
H-1 four different colored stocks
(b&w,b&blue, b&pink, b&yellow)
downhomenight.jpg (9589 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1968-04-26/27+05-03/04 Gilbert Shelton

"THE MATRIX (VG 20)*

SHIVA'S HEAD BAND, BUBBLE PUPPY, ANGEL A. LEWIS AND THE FABULOUS ROCKETS, WILD CHICKEN
P-1
H-1(Green & Black)
H-1B (This is a Green & Black variant with cut portions of a printing sheet cut into a design at the top and bottom--difficult to describe!)

mattrix.jpg (3206 bytes)
Poster                                 Handbill

*Ticket to Show Featured Below


VGC 1968-02 (Probably Jim Franklin)

"LIGHT SOCKETS"

CONSOLIDATED SMOKE HOUSE LTD
H-1 (b&green)
OA (the original art placed the venue information in a different spot on the image, but then it was "moved" by using paste-overs--which are now missing from the original art).  So, originally, the handbill was intended to look as it does in the image of the original art below.  Interesting!
lightsockets.jpg (4119 bytes)
Handbill                        Original Art

 


VGC 1968-05-10/11 Gilbert Shelton

"CANNED HEAT" (VG21)*

SHIVA'S HEAD BAND, CANNED HEAT, CONQUEROO**
P-1
P-2 (test print without blue ink)
P-3 (this is a variant where some lettering at the top of the poster is red, blue and white, rather than just red and blue).

H-1(Black & White--probably a test print)
H-2 (Color--two variants have surfaced--one color handbill is on 'normal' paper, while the other appears to be on something resembling newsprint)

cannedheat.jpg (9470 bytes)
Poster                                             Handbill

*Ticket to Show Featured Below
**The Vulcan Gas Company's Light Show also performed at a Canned Heat Concert that was held at Gregory Gym on the Campus of the University of Texas


VGC 1968-05-13 Jim Franklin

"THURSDAY NIGHT"*

BUBBLE PUPPY
H-1
OA-1

Handbill

*Ticket to Show Featured Below
 


VGC 1968-05-16 Jim Franklin

"FREE GIG"

CONQUEROO
H-1
freegig.jpg (10308 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1968-05-19 Poster probably by Jim Franklin, Handbill by Gilbert Shelton

"GATHERING OF YE OLDE TRIBE"

SHIVAS HEADBAND, STONE AXE, ANGELA LEWIS AT ZILKER PARK. TECHNICALLY, THIS IS NOT A VULCAN HANDBILL. BUT IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE VULCAN WAS INVOLVED WITH THIS GATHERING AND THIS WAS AN IMPORTANT EVENT IN AUSTIN'S COUNTER-CULTURE COMMUNITY. THE FREAK BROTHERS (TWO OF THEM) MAY BE FOUND IN THIS HANDBILL. ALSO, NOTE THAT THE DATE OF THIS EVENT WAS LISTED INCORRECTLY IN TERRY RAINES' BOOK.
P-1 (silkscreened poster, different image than the handbill below)

H-1 (b&w with shades of red and brown)
H-2 (b&w)

gatheringoftribes.jpg (5150 bytes)
Poster                                                   Handbill


VGC 1968-05-17/18+24/25 Wittlif

"ZODIAC SIGNS"(VG-22)*

SHIVA’S HEADBAND, ZIG ZAG QUARTET, LIQUID MARBLE, WILD CHICKENS
H-1
H-2 (Uncut Sheet of two)
zodiac.jpg (11172 bytes)
Handbill

*Ticket to Show Featured Below


VGC 1968-05-24/25 Jim Franklin & Gilbert Shelton

"MOBY GRAPE" (VG-22—SAME NUMBER AS ABOVE)

MOBY GRAPE, SHIVA'S HEAD BAND, ANGELA LEWIS
P-1(Silkscreen with silver border)
P-2(Silkscreen without silver border)
P-3(Silkscree with much larger border)

H-1
H-2 (Uncut Sheet of Two)
C-1 Postal Back
C-2 Blank Back
bigmobbygrape.jpg (5964 bytes)mobygrape.jpg (7277 bytes)
Poster                                     Handbill


H-2 (uncut sheet of handbills)


VGC 1968-05-31/06-01 Jim Franklin & Gilbert Shelton

"CONQUEROO RAYS"

CONQUEROO, BUBBLE PUPPY
P-1 (Mulit-Colored Silkscreen)
P-2 (Multi-Colored Silkscreen with group images in white and border--signed by artists and numbered)
H-1 Three color stocks (b&w, b&yellow and b&green)
H-2 Double (uncut sheet) handbills same as above
conqueroorays.jpg (10227 bytes)
P-1 Silkscreen poster                        Handbill (yellow & black)   Handbill (green & black)


Uncut yellow & black handbills


VGC 1968-06-07/8+14/15 Jim Franklin

"EXPLOSION" (VG24)

CONQUEROO, WINTER, SHIVA'S HEAD BAND, ZIG ZAG QUARTET
P-1 (Silkscreen)
P-2 (Silkscreen with red inks)
H-1

explosion.jpg (5873 bytes)
Poster                                                  Handbill


VGC 1968-06-21/22 Jim Franklin

"IMAGE OF WILLIAM BURROUGHS"

CONQUEROO, BUBBLE PUPPY
P-1 (Silkscreen)
H-1 Four different colored stocks
(yellow and black, pink and black, green and black & blue and black)
burroughsposter.jpg (6238 bytes)burroughs.jpg (9263 bytes)
Poster                                       Handbill


VGC 1968-06-27/29 Gilbert Shelton

"FLASH COMIX"

CONQUEROO, BUBBLE PUPPY
H-1 Three different colored stocks (b&blue, b&pink, b&yellow)
flashcomix.jpg (5246 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1968-07-5/6 Jim Fowler

"TWO HEADED SNAKE"

JOHNNY WINTER, BUBBLE PUPPY
P-1
snakes.jpg (27061 bytes)

Poster


VGC 1968-07-26/27 Jim Fowler

‘THE FACE OFF"

NEW ATLANTIS, GRITS
H-1 (significant color variations)
facetoface.jpg (10922 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1968-08-02/03 Jim Franklin

"COOL MUDDY WATERS "

MUDDY WATERS, WINTER
P-1 (printed on newsprint)
H-1
coolmuddy.jpg (10268 bytes)
Poster                                                  Handbill


VGC 1968-08-16 Jim Franklin

"STAIRWELL"

WINTER, NEW ATLANTIS , ZACKARY THACKS, 1948
H-1 Three color stocks (b&pink, b&yellow & b&w)
stairwell.jpg (6043 bytes)
Handbill (note that there are no lower right corners on these handbills)


VGC 1968-08-29/31 Gilbert Shelton

"THE GRACKLE DEBACLE"*

STACY AND THE 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS, NEW ATLANTIS
P-1 (printed on newsprint)
grackledebacle.jpg (23725 bytes)
Poster

*Original Art for Ticket and actual ticket to Show Featured Below


VGC 1968-09-06/07 Jim Franklin

"CUBIC CHAIR"

BUBBLE PUPPY, ZIG-ZAG QUARTET
H-1 (has strange design on reverse side--green & black, red on reverse)
H-2 (same but yellow & black)
cubechair.jpg (5842 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1968-09-12/14 Jim Franklin

"13"

NEW ATLANTIS, GRITZ
H-1 on register (red, white and blue)
H-2 off register (red, white and blue)
H-3 on register (white and blue)
gritz13.jpg (9497 bytes)
H-1                                            H-3


VGC 1968-09-20/21 Jim Franklin

"NEURONS"

WINTER, ENDEL ST. CLOUD IN THE RAIN AT VULCAN GAS COMPANY
H-1 (2 sided--revese has advertisement for Oat Willie's)
H-2 (there is a misprint variant with the Oat Willie advertisement printed over the image on the front)
H-3 (there is a variant with no Oat Willie's advertisement printed on the reverse side)

wintervulcan.jpg (11175 bytes)
H-1                                               H-2 (Misprint)


VGC 1968-09-27/28 Jim Franklin

"BIG JOE IN THE CLOUDS"

BIG JOE WILLIAMS, SKY BLUES
P-1(silkscreen)
H-1
bigjoeclouds.jpg (9437 bytes)
P-1 (silkscreen poster)                                     Handbill


VGC 1968-09-29 Jim Franklin

"SMOKING DILLO"

NEW ATLANTIS, LAVENDER HILL EXPRESS AT WOOLRIDGE PARK. TECHNICALLY, THIS IS NOT A VULCAN GAS COMPANY HANDBILL BUT IT IS BELIEVED THE VULCAN WAS INVOLVED WITH THE EVENT. THIS IS JIM FRANKLIN'S FIRST ARMADILLO.
H-1

Jim Franklins First Armadillo


VGC 1968-10-10/12 Artist Unknown

"OCTAGONAL VULCANS"
NEW ATLANTIS, WINTER
H-1
TEST PRINT: A LARGE TEST PRINT ALSO EXISTS
octogonalvulcans.jpg (9927 bytes)
H-1 (handbill)                                     Test Print


VGC 1968-10-13 Gilbert Shelton

"STEPPENWOLF"*

STEPPENWOLF (AT THE HEMISFAIR THEATER IN SAN ANTONIO)
P-1
T-1(See Bottom of Page for Ticket Image)
steppenwolf.jpg (5243 bytes)
Poster

*Ticket to Show Featured Below


VGC 1968-10-17/19 Jim Franklin

"KALEIDOSCOPTIC"

SHIVA'S HEADBAND, WINTER
P-1 (silkscreen)
H-1

largekalesicoptic.jpg (4353 bytes)kaliscoptic.jpg (7465 bytes)
Poster                                        Handbill


VGC 1968-10-31+11-01/02 Jim Franklin

"HALLOWEEN"

SHIVA'S HEAD BAND, GRITS
H-1
halloween.jpg (12978 bytes)
Scanner cut off edges of this handbill--sorry!


VGC 1968-11-08/09+15/60 Jim Franklin

"DOWNTOWN TUBES"

STEVE MILLER BAND, NEW ATLANTIS, FREDDY KING.  NO POSTER IS KNOWN TO EXIST. HOWEVER, I HAVE SEEN FOUR HANDBILLS TAPED TOGETHER.
H-1 (Thin paper stock)
H-2 (Same, but thick paper stock)
H-3 (both thin & thick paper with white border at top)
H-4 (This is a "remnant" of  a blue and white variant--probably a test print or printer's error).
M-1 (mailed with a postage stamp)

downtowntubes.jpg (15720 bytes)
Handbill                                    The Blue "Remnant"


VGC 1968-11-14/15 Jim Franklin

"BAIL FUND BENEFIT"

TEXAS PACIFIC, BLUES BAG
H-1
bailfundbenefit.jpg (5785 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1968-11/21 Jim Franklin

"JANIS"

BIG BROTHER AND THE HOLDING COMPANY (AT HEMISFAIR THEATER, SAN ANTONIO)—SHOW WAS CANCELLED.
P-1
H-1 Two multi-color variations exists
JoplinVulcanGas.jpg (34880 bytes)
Handbill (identical to poster)


VGC 1968-11-22/23 Jim Franklin

"TUNING FORK"

MANCE LIPSCOMB, SHIVA'S HEAD BAND
H-1
tuningfork.jpg (9756 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1968-11-28/29 Jim Franklin

"HAIRY PUMPKIN"

THE CHILDREN, NEW ATLANTIS
H-1
M-1 (mailed with a postage stamp)
hairypumpkin.jpg (12859 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1968-12-06/07 Jim Franklin

"SKIN SECTION"

SHIVA'S HEAD BAND, BUBBLE PUPPY
H-1 Two color variants of the handbill exist—color & b&w
skinsections.jpg (8704 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1968-12-13/14 Jim Franklin

"THE BOX"

TEXAS, NEW ATLANTIS, TEXAS PACIFIC
H-1
box.jpg (11163 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1968-12-14 Artist Unknown

"SENIOR FREAKOUT AT THE J.T. PARTY BARN WITH VULCAN GAS COMPANY LIGHT SHOW"

ETERNAL LIFE CORPORATION
H-1
H-1B (white margin at top)
M-1 (Mailed with postage stamp)
eternallife.jpg (12500 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1968-12-15 Artist Unknown

"BENEFIT FOR OLEO STRUT COFFEE HOUSE AT THE VULCAN

SHIVA'S HEADBAND, TEXAS PACIFIC, NEW ATLANTIS
H-1


VGC 1968-12-20/21 Artist Unknown

"THE FACE OF WINTER"

WINTER, NEW ATLANTIS
H-1
M-1 (mailed with a postage stamp)
winter.jpg (28312 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1968-12-31 Tony Bell

"HAPPY NEW YEAR GIG"

SHIVA'S HEAD BAND, WINTER
H-1 Two color variants (b&w, b&yellow)
M-1 (yellow version was mailed with a postage stamp)
happynewyeargig.jpg (9284 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-01-01 Jim Franklin

"RECORD RELEASE"

JOHNNY WINTER (RECORD RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR PHIL’S RECORD SHOP)
H-1
NOTE: THIS IS TECHNICALLY NOT A VULCAN GAS HANDBILL, BUT WAS PROBABLY ORDERED AND PAID FOR BY THE VULCAN
goodrecordrelease.jpg (13572 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-01-17/18 Jim Franklin

"SPINNING BIG JOE HEADS"

BIG JOE WILLIAMS AT THE VULCAN GAS COMPANY
H-1 (b&w)
M-1 (mailed with a postage stamp)
bigjoejanuary.jpg (4327 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-01-30/31 & 2/1 Jack Jaxon

"BLACKSMITH"

JOHN LEE HOOKER , SHIVA’S HEADBAND
H-1 Two color variants (orange, blue & white/ red, orange, blue & White)
H-2 Same color variants, with message on back of handbill
M-1 (mailed with a postage stamp)

NOTE: This handbill was used as a mailer. Note on the back of the handbill discusses the club's membership card policy and the need for a new membership card in the spring.
anvilman.jpg (14836 bytes)
Image too big for scanner--edges missing--sorry!


VGC 1969-02-07 JAD?

"OAK TREE"

New Atlantis, Texas Pacific
P-1 (Silkscreen)


Poster


VGC 1969-02-16 Artist Unknown

"BENEFIT FOR OLEO STRUT, A RADICAL COFFEE HOUSE FOR G.I.s AT FORT HOOD "

TEXAS & PACIFIC, NEW ATLANTIS, SHEPHERD’S HEAD, GOOD HUMOR
H-1 (b&w)
oleostrut.jpg (6080 bytes)
Handbill
Note: For some years, it was assumed that this handbill was from February 16, 1968. Recent research proves conclusively that the benefit was held in 1969


VGC 1969-02-21/22 Jim Franklin

"DOWNTOWN TOILET"

FUGS, SHIVA'S HEADBAND
H-1
M-1 (mailed with a bulk mail permit)

fugs.jpg (26283 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-02-28/03-01 Jim Franklin

"THE BIG T"

TEXAS
H-1 (b&w)
M-1 (Larger than handbill--mailed with a bulk rate mailing permit)
tfortexas.jpg (8146 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-03-07/08 John Shelton

"LADY KARMA"

NEW ATLANTIS, UNTOUCHABLES, TEXAS RANGERS
H-1
H-2 (same as H-1, but the colors on the left side are a significantly different shade--almost red)
ladykarma.jpg (10414 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-03-14,15,21,22,28,29 John Shelton

"NEW BLUES"

JIMMY REED, ONION CREEK , BIG MAMA THORTON, ETC.

H-1--Has white border at the top
H-2--Same, but no white border at top
M-1--Mailed with bulk rate mailing permit
newblues.jpg (7747 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-03-21/22 Jim Franklin

"BIG MAMA"*

BIG MAMA THORNTON, NEW ATLANTIS
H-1--Has white border at the top
H-2--Same, but no border trim at top
bigmama.jpg (7515 bytes)
Handbill

*The Original Art for the Newspaper Advertisement in The Rag is located at Bottom of website


VGC 1969-03-28/29 & 4/4-5 John Shelton

"HEADWALL"

MUSTANGS, GEORGETOWN MEDICAL BAND
H-1 (Normally, this is found as the reverse side of the Brain Waves handbill which is two images below)
H-2 (Handbill without the Brain Waves handbill on reverse side)
brainwavereverse.jpg (5007 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-04-4-5? (Exact Date Uncertain) John Shelton

"VULCAN ROACH"

RAMON RAMON AND THE 4 DADDYOS, BIRTH (thanks to Kyle for this addition to the collection)
H-1

Handbill


VGC 1969-04-11/12 John Shelton

"BRAIN WAVES"

SHIVA'S HEAD BAND, SUNNYLAND SPECIAL
H-1 (there is another handbill on reverse side of standard handbill)
M-1 (mailer has no reverse side & was mailed with bulk rate mailing permit)
brainwaves.jpg (7518 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-04-18/19 Artist Unknown

"FRED MCDOWELL"

FRED MCDOWELL, TEXAS RANGERS
H-1
fredmcdowell.jpg (6147 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-04-25/26 John Shelton

"RED RING"

MUDDY WATERS, SUNNYLAND SPECIAL
H-1
M-1 (mailed with bulk rate mailing permit)
redring.jpg (5043 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-05-02/03 John Shelton

"CELESTIAL LADY"

SHIVA'S HEADBAND, SHERWOOD
H-1
H-2 (Blue on handbill is lighter and reverse side is portion of a text book)
OA  (Original art does not promote this show--rather, it appears to be "generic" Vulcan poster)
celestial.jpg (5497 bytes)
Bottom of handbill is missing (could not fit into scanner--sorry!)
celestialorginalart.jpg (5933 bytes)

Original art (notice differences from above handbill)


VGC 1969-05-08 Jim Franklin

"BENEFIT FOR THE VULCAN GAS COMPANY"

SHIVA’S HEADBAND, SUNNYLAND SPECIAL, MUSTANGS
H-1 (b&w—this is the reverse side of handbill below)
manceonionreverse.jpg (4139 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-05-09/10 Jim Franklin

"MANCE IN THE ONION FIELD"

MANCE LIPSCOMB, ONION CREEK
H-1 (b&w—image on three quarters of page)
H-2 (same, but image only on half of page)
manceonions.jpg (3688 bytes)
H-2


VGC 1969-05-11 Jim Franklin

"LIQUID DILLOS FROM TUBES"

ART STUDENT EXHIBIT AT UNIV OF TEXAS ART MUSEUM
H-1 (b&w)

dillosqueezejpg.jpg (72291 bytes)
Handbill

NOTE:  TECHNICALLY THIS IS NOT A VULCAN GAS COMPANY POSTER


VGC 1969-05-16/17 Jim Franklin

"IF YOU TOKE, DON’T TOTE"

GEORGETOWN MEDICAL BAND, SHERWOOD
H-1 (b&w)
M-1 (mailed with bulk rate mailing permit)
ifyoutoke.jpg (3299 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-05-23/24 Artist Unknown

"GLASS BOX GIRL"

SHIVA'S HEAD BAND, TEXAS RANGERS
H-1 (b&w)
H-2 (b&green—thicker stock paper)
M-1 (mailed with bulk rate mailing permit)
glassboxgirl.jpg (6401 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-05-28/29 Traverso

"NOW THE REVOLUTION: A MULTI-MEDIA FOLK FANTASY"
This was a play that was kicked off the campus of the University of Texas due to nudity and was picked up by the Vulcan.

H-1 (two sided)
nowtherevolution.jpg (50481 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-05-30/31 Jim Franklin

"HEAD SPIN-OFF"

BIG JOE WILLIAMS, GEORGETOWN MEDICAL BAND
H-1 (b&w)
bigjoemay30.jpg (5021 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-06-13/15 Traverso

"FAT EMMA"

TEXAS, FAT EMMA, SHIVA’S HEADBAND
H-1
fatemma.jpg (8677 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-06-20/21 Jim Franklin

"TRY THIS"

SHIVA’S HEADBAND, GEORGETOWN MEDICAL BAND, RAMON RAMON & THE DADDYO'S
H-1 (complete colored handbill in several different shades)
H-2 (b&w, same image)
H-3 (colored outline without b&w graphics)
trythis.jpg (6857 bytes)
H-1                                                   H-2                                          H-3


VGC 1969-07-04-05 Jim Harter

"RED, WHITE, AND BLUE (SPLIT FOUNTAIN)"

SHIVA’S HEADBAND, ONION CREEK
H-1
redwhiteblue.jpg (7219 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-07-11/12 John Shelton

"SPLIT PERSONALITY"

GEORGETOWN MEDICAL BAND, NAKED LETUS
H-1
splitpersonality.jpg (6375 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-07-18/19  Jim Harter

"KLAN KEYBOARD"

NEW MOAN HEY, ONION CREEK, SHIVA'S HEAD BAND
H-1
newmoanhey.jpg (6747 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-07-25/26 Jim Franklin

"ARMADILLO MELLON"

NEW ATLANTIS, JOMO, SHIVA'S HEAD BAND, ONION CREEK
P-1
armadillomellons.jpg (4008 bytes)
Poster


VGC 1969-08-8/9 Jim Harter

"VULCAN CLOUD"

TEXAS RANGERS, WATER BROS
P-1
OA-1
rangers.jpg (19626 bytes)
rangersorgart.jpg (9810 bytes)
Poster               Original art


VGC 1969-08-12/13+15/16 Jim Franklin

"MOON PYRAMIDS"

MOTHER EARTH, JOMO, SHIVA"S HEADBAND
P-1 (Poster has some lettering at top that is not found on handbill)
P-2 This poster has a white border around it and the background or sky is lighter than P-1 and there appears to be no writing at the top (thank you, Charlie!!!).
H-1 (several printing variations exist--some are "perfect," others faded and still others almost completely gone)
H-2 (double handbill)
H-3 (several printing variations exist of double handbill)
moonpyramids.jpg (5836 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-08-22/23 Jim Harter

"GAS PUMP"

UNITED GAS, SOMO
P-1
P-2 (lighter color than P-1 and has black inks in lettering that give an illusion of shading behind letters)

H-1(?)

Poster (P-1)


VGC 1969-09-04-28 Jim Franklin

"SNOT BOX"

TREEKS, NAZZ, ILLINOIS SPEED PRESS AT THE END OF COLE, DALLAS, TX (HANDBILL MENTIONS THE VULCAN GAS COMPANY)
H-1 (b&w)
snotbox.jpg (5612 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-09-12/13 John Shelton

"FANTASTIC COMIX "

BUBBLEPUPPY, RAMON RAMON & 4 DADDY-OS, ONION CREEK
OA-1
H-1
fantasticcomix.jpg (4430 bytes)
Large handbill                                     
fantasticomixoverlay.jpg (4497 bytes)
Original art (with overlay)
fantasticomixnooverlay.jpg (4398 bytes)
Original art without overlay (bubble puppy omited & different date)


VGC 1969-09-16/17 & 19/20 Jim Harter

"MAN WITH WALKING STICK"

FREDDIE KING, SHEPARD’S BUSH, ONION CREEK, NEW ATLANTIS, WATER BROS
H-1 (b&w, two sided with an advertisement for Maya on reverse side)
manwithstick.jpg (6849 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-09-21 Jim Franklin

"FREE!"

RAMON, RAMON AND THE FOUR DADDYO'S AT FIESTA GARDENS
H-1 (b&w)

NOTE: TECHNICALLY NOT A VULCAN GAS HANDBILL
otherfree.jpg (4223 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-09-25 Jim Franklin

"BULB DOLL"

MOTHER EARTH, MANCE LIPSCOMB, JOMO
P-1
bulbdoll.jpg (2777 bytes)
Poster


VGC 1969-10-01/08 Jim Harter

"POCO"

POCO, JAMES COTTON BLUES BAND
P-1
H-1?
poco.jpg (9351 bytes)
Poster


VGC 1969-10-07/08 Jim Franklin

"FLOATING HARMONICA"

JAMES COTTON, MANCE LIPSCOMB
H-1 (reverse side has ad for "The Store of Changes")
jamescotton.jpg (7976 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-10-10/11 Jim Franklin

"METAMORPHOSIS"

RAMON, RAMON &THE FOUR DADDYO'S, WATER BROTHERS, TEXAS RANGERS
P-1
H-1
ramonramon.jpg (4328 bytes)
Poster (handbill is identical)


VGC 1969-10-23/25 Jim Franklin

"UNDERGROUND COFFIN"

VELVET UNDERGROUND, RAMON RAMON & THE FOUR DADDYOS, WATER BROTHERS (REVERSE SIDE ADVERTISES OAT WILLIE'S)
H-1
velvetunderground.jpg (7303 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-10-31/11-01 John Shelton

"ALL HALLOW’S EVE"

SUNNYLAND SPECIAL, TEXAS ( WITH JIMMY VAUGHAN)
H-1
allhallowseve.jpg (5698 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-11/02

"STUDENT MOBILIZATION COMMITTEE BENEFIT"

SHIVA'S HEADBAND, SMOKE, BAZOOKA (NOTE: THIS IS A BENEFIT DANCE FOR THE STUDENT MOBILIZATION COMMITTEE TO END THE WAR IN VIETNAM).  ON THE REVERSE SIDE OF THE HANDBILL IS A LETTER TO MEMBERS OF SMOKE DESCRIBING ANTI-WAR ACTIVITIES IN AUSTIN AND WHERE THE BAND CAN STAY WHEN THEY COME TO TOWN.
H-1

Handbill


VGC 1969-11-14/15 Jim Harter & Jim Franklin

‘TWINS WITH WALKING STICKS"

SUNNYLAND SPECIAL, BIRTH
H-1
twins.jpg (9395 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-11-21/22 Don Evans

‘EYE & MIRROR ‘

CHILDREN, WATER BROTHERS
H-1
eye.jpg (4502 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-11-28 Blue

"WOMAN FACING WOMAN"

MINERVA’S RED DOG PRESENTS NEW ATLANTIS AND THE VULCAN GAS COMPANY LIGHT SHOW AT LEGION HALL IN SEGUIN, TEXAS
P-1
seguinn.jpg (3249 bytes)
Poster


VGC 1969-12-12/13 John Shelton

"EKOOSTIC HOOKAH "

SHIVA’S HEADBAND, ONION CREEK
H-1
H-2 (purple variant)
hooka.jpg (5457 bytes)
Handbill-1                           Handbill-2


VGC 1969-12-19/20 John Shelton

"HEAVEN AND EARTH"

SHIVA’S HEADBAND, 1948
H-1
heavenandearth.jpg (5575 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1969-12-26/27 Jim Harter

"TRUCK"

HUB CITY MOVERS
H-1 Yellow, Blue and White this is a two sided handbill with an advertisement for a 1969/70-12-31 & 01/2-3 show with Shiva's Headband, Sherwood, Ramon Ramon & Four Daddyo's show on reverse side)
H-2 Same as above, but blue & white
truck.jpg (7192 bytes)
H-1                                               H-2


VGC 1970-01-09/10

HAND HOLDING RING

HUB CITY MOVERS, BIRTH
H-1
ring.jpg (5267 bytes)
Handbill


VGC 1970 (WEDNESDAY EVENINGS) Jic Club (Jic)

HUB CITY HAND

Hub City Movers.

H-1 This colorful handbill promotes Hub City Movers shows "every Wednesday" at the Vulcan Gas Company, so the precise date of issue is not listed on the handbill. However, members of the band have confirmed that these concerts were performed during the last months of the VGC in spring or early summer 1970.  The artist's name is Jic Club and "Jic" is written lightly in a yellow ray near the hand's thumb.
H-2:  This is a B&W "positive" for the handbill above
H-3:  This is a B&W portion of the artwork (another positive) showing only a hand and images of the band)

Handbill


VGC 1970-03-10/11 John Shelton

MASS OF INCANDESCENT GAS*

JOHNNY WINTER, HUB CITY MOVERS
P-1  (This concert was a benefit that was intended to 'save' the Vulcan Gas Company).
T-1 (SEE TICKETS AT BOTTOM OF PAGE)
T-2 (SEE TICKETS AT BOTTOM OF PAGE)

incandescentgas.jpg (5424 bytes)
Poster
 

*Ticket to Show Featured Below


VGC 1970-04-12 Artist Unknown

"ATTENTION ALL GREMLINS"

FAT EMMA AND SALT (Note that this is a two sided handbill. The reverse side promotes a rally by the Student Mobilization Committee on the main mall of the UT campus and is entitled, "SMC's Right to Demonstrate." The Vulcan Gas handbill on the opposite side promotes a SMC benefit at the Vulcan)
H-1

Handbill


VGC 1970-05-08/09 Jim Franklin (poster) Jim Harter (handbill)

"PUPPIES FLOATING IN BUBBLES"

BUBBLE PUPPY, HUB CITY MOVERS, NIGHT HOG
P-1
H-1
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Poster                                    Large Handbill

NOTE: The poster for this show is almost the exact size as an Armadillo World Headquarters poster. The handbill, if it can be called a handbill, is quite large--almost as large as the poster and as you can see, it features a completely different image. This is believed to be the last Vulcan Gas Company poster.


VGC CIRCA 1970 Jim Harter

"SPIDER WEB"

NO BANDS LISTED, MENTIONS LIGHT SHOW, DANCE CONCERT 9-2. IMAGE IS SIMILAR TO REVERSE SIDE OF VULCAN COMIX #2 BELOW
OA-1
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Original Art


VGC CIRCA 1960s Perhaps Jim Franklin

"BIG MOUTH"

NEW ATLANTIS IS LISTED AS PERFORMING FOR TWO NIGHTS (JANUARY 3 & $). NO POSTER OR HANDBILL IS KNOWN TO EXIST.  COULD HAVE BEEN USED FOR A NEWSPAPER ADVERTISEMENT IN THE RAG, DAILY TEXAN OR ELSEWHERE OR PERHAPS THE POSTER HAS YET TO SHOW UP. ALSO, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT IT WAS NEVER USED.
OA-1

Original Art


VGC 1969-03-21/22 Jim Franklin

"BIG MAMA RAG ADVERTISEMENT"

BIG MAMA THORNTON, NEW ATLANTIS
OA-!


Original Art for Advertisement Placed in the Rag--Austin's Underground Newspaper


VGC 1970-03-10/11 Unknown

TICKETS FOR "MASS OF INCANDESCENT GAS"

JOHNNY WINTER, HUB CITY MOVERS
T-1 (ticket for 3/10 show)
T-2 (ticket for 3/11 show)

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This is a ticket from the 3/10 show

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This is a ticket from the 3/11 show


Ticket Stub from VGC 1967-05-06


TICKET STUB FOR "CELEBRATION OF LOVE" OR "FANTASIA"

CONQUEROO!, RACHEL'S CHILDREN AT DORIS MILLER AUDITORIUM
TS-1


Ticket from VGC 1968-03-29/30+04-05/06

TICKET FOR "SPEAKERS" (VG 18)


Ticket from VGC 1968-04-26/27+05-03/04

TICKET FOR "THE MATRIX" (VG 20)


VGC 1968-05-10/11 Gilbert Shelton

TICKET FOR "CANNED HEAT" (VG21)*


Ticket from VGC 1968-05/25

TICKET FOR ANGELA LEWIS & SHIVA'S HEADBAND (VG-22)


Ticket from VGC 1968-08-29/31

TICKET FOR "THE GRACKLE DEBACLE"


VGC ?-08-9/10

TICKET

TICKET FROM SHOW ON "AUGUST 9 OR 10" (YEAR UNKNOWN)
T-1
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VGC ?-

PASS

PASS TO A SHOW AT THE VULCAN (YEAR UNKNOWN)
PASS-1

 


TICKET FROM VGC 1968-10-13 Gilbert Shelton

TICKET FOR "STEPPENWOLF"

STEPPENWOLF (AT THE HEMISFAIR THEATER IN SAN ANTONIO)
T-1


VGC 1968-05-10/11

TICKET TEST PRESSING FOR "CANNED HEAT" (VG21)
T-1
OA-1 The original art for the image below includes all five tickets (much larger size) pasted on a board. They are pasted over other tickets.

Test Pressing on 8x11 1/2" of paper       Original Art


VCG 1967--02-18

"TICKET FOR THE HAND"

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS AND THE ELECTRIC GRANDMOTHER PRESENTS 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS, CONQUEROO, JOMO DISASTER AT THE HOUSTON MUSIC THEATRE IN HOUSTON, TEXAS
T-1


VGC 1967-01-07 OR 02-10

"TICKET FOR ELECTRIC GRANDMOTHER SHOW"

THE ELECTRIC GRANDMOTHER PRESENTS THE 13TH FLOOR EVEVATORS, CONQUEROO AT THE CITY COLISEUM.  IT IS UNCLEAR WHETHER THIS TICKET WAS FOR THE JANUARY 7, 1967 SHOW OR THE FEBRUARY 10, 1967 SHOW
T-1


VGC 1968-08-29/31

"ORIGINAL ART FOR THE TICKET TO THE 13th FLOOR ELEVATORS GRACKLE DEBACLE CONCERT
OR-1

Original Art for the ticket to two separate "Grackle" shows--August 30 & 31


VGC  Year Unknown

"ORIGINAL ART FOR TICKETS"
OR-1
OR-2
                
Uncut Sheet of Tickets                                                      Uncut Sheet of Tickets


VGC (circa1967-1968)

THE VULCAN GAS COMPANY LIGHT SHOW FOR YOUR PARTY

OA-1 No poster known (appears to be a "generic" handbill for no specific event promoting the Light Show for your party)
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Original Art


VGC 1970-02/9 John Shelton & Jim Franklin

"GAS COMIX #1"

COVER STATES FEBRUARY 9, BUT SHOWS LISTED ON LAST PAGE EXTEND FROM 2/7 TO 2/28 (JOMO, FLOOD BOWL, WATER BROS, BIRTH AND HUB CITY MOVERS.

COMIX-1 (PRICE 5 CENTS)
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 VGC 1970-03-06/28 Michael Brown & Jim Franklin

"GAS COMIX #2—BOBBY DYLLO SAYS URP"

SHOWS LISTED ON LAST PAGE EXTEND FROM 3/6 TO 3/28 (HEAVEN & EARTH, SHIVA’S HEADBAND, BIG SWEET, ONION CREEK, WATER BROS, WINTER AND HUB CITY MOVERS

COMIX-1 (PRICE 15 CENTS)
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VGC 1969 Gilbert Shelton, Jim Franklin and others

"ARMADILLO TOON COMIX"

NO SHOWS LISTED, BUT THIS COMIX WAS SOLD AT THE VULCAN GAS COMPANY AND INCLUDES THE ART OF VARIOUS VULCAN GAS ARTISTS


 


VGC SPRING 1970 Artist Unknown

"MEMBERSHIP CARD WITH DETACHABLE STUB"
MC-1
OA-1

NOTE:  IN ORDER TO BE PLACED ON THE VULCAN'S MAILING LIST, MEMBERS WERE ASKED TO DETACH THE STUB AND LEAVE IT WITH PERTINENT INFORMATION AT THE CLUB.  DUES WERE $1.00.
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Card with stub                Reverse side               Used Membership Card             Another card                   Reverse side
(for "Fall")                                                                   (for "Fall")                          (not dated)   


Original Art for Fall Membership Card


VGC DATE UNKNOWN

"VULCAN GAS STATIONARY AND ENVELOPE"
stationary.jpg (10421 bytes)
envelope.jpg (8167 bytes)

 


VGC 1969-02-18

"INVOICE FROM ENGRAVING COMPANY FOR 1 PLATE AND NEGATIVE"
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VGC 1967-12-15/17

PRINTING RECEIPT FOR "INDIAN AND PHONOGRAPH" (VG8) FROM JOHNNY MERCER

This receipt was signed by Johnny Mercer, the artistic genius who printed the Vulcan Gas Company's posters. This receipt shows that he charged $175 to print the posters for VG8. That was a tidy sum at the time.


VGC 1968-1-27


PRINTING RECEIPT FOR HANDBILLS PRINTED BY TERRY RAINES

This receipt for handbills printed by Terry Raines was written on the reverse side of a VG2 handbill that had been torn in half for this purpose.


VGC 1968-1-28

RECEIPT FOR ADVERTISEMENT IN AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN NEWSPAPER

Contrary to popular legend, The Vulcan Gas Company did place numerous advertisements in the "mainstream" newspaper in Austin as indicated by this receipt.
 


VGC 1968-3-1

RECEIPT FOR ADVERTISEMENT IN THE RAG (AUSTIN'S UNDERGROUND NEWSPAPER)

The Vulcan Gas Company did place numerous advertisements in the Rag, Austin's Underground Newspaper, as indicated by this receipt for advertisements in Volume 2, Numbers 14 and 14.

 

 


VGC 1969-1-29

PAST DUE BILL FOR JOHN LEE HOOKER'S STAY AT THE COMMODORE PERRY HOTEL

In one important respect, popular legend about the Vulcan Gas Company was correct. Namely, the club had difficulty paying its bill. Above is an overdue bill notice from Austin's Commodore Perry Hotel.  This bill includes past-due charges for John Lee Hooker's stays at the hotel.


VGC 1969?

SCHEDULE FOR RADIO SPOTS ON KNOW PROMOTING MUDDY WATERS  CONCERT AT THE VGC.

This is a proposal for ten days of "radio time" on KNOW (Austin's local 'top 40' radio station in the 1960s) promoting a Muddy Waters concert at the Vulcan Gas Company. Know ran spots for numerous shows--including the out-of-town shows such as Steppenwolf in San Antonio.


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Vulcan Gas Company, 1967