1969-Will They Turn You On-Department of Health Education and Welfare Poster-PAE Graded Extra Fine '69'

closed on Friday, May 28, 2021

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Though this trippy poster is in the style of pro-drug headshop posters it is actually an anti-drug use propaganda poster that was created by the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare in 1969. It lists various drugs in a psychedelic font and asks the question "Will they turn you on or will they turn on you?". This was the government's attempt to use the hip psychedelic art style to encourage kids to abstain from drugs rather than take them. Along the bottom right-hand corner it reads "this poster and facts about drug abuse are available for free from the national institute of mental health P.O. Box 1080 Washington D.C. 20013." This is a fascinating piece of history showing the point of view that the U.S. government held as the counterculture movement gained in popularity. Additionally this piece changes color and glows under a blacklight.


Poster – Will They Turn You On Or Will They Turn On You?

Grade – PAE Extra Fine "69"

Year – 1969

Dimensions – 22" x 28"

Printing / Series – U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare

Condition Details – 100% Original with no restoration. View the detailed high res photo of this lot. Click on the thumbnail photo to see an enlarged photo. Click a second time on the magnifying glass in the upper right corner of the enlarged photo. A super high res image with every millimeter will now be clearly displayed. For a personalized eyewitness examination call 410-464-6180 11:00 am to 6:00 pm eastern.


Note: This oversized poster will be rolled and shipped without our standard archival holder. The poster can be sealed in archival Mylar and shipped flat for an additional $15 fee. Shipping will be calculated accordingly. 


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