1965 AOR-2.32 The San Francisco Mime Troupe The Gate Theatre Sausalito Poster CGC 4.5 RESTORED

closed on Thursday, May 4, 2023

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This poster has been professionally restored to offer the appearance and eye appeal of a mint copy! Restoration includes Color Touch, Pieces Added.


This original printing poster advertises The San Francisco Mime Troupe in "That Minstrel Show", Civil Rights in a Cracker Barrel at The Gate Theatre in Sausalito for a run of return shows during August 1965. Early counter-culture material from this time is few and far between highly sought after very desirable! Though we have sold this poster with other dates listed, this is the first OP-4 Gate Theatre example to appear in our auction!


The design on this poster would NEVER be acceptable for public promotion of any event by today's standards. This Minstrel Show was performed by the Mime Troupe in black face and it offended many - both black and white. Such negative representations of black people left a damaging legacy in popular culture, especially in art and entertainment. Minstrel shows during this era were often the only depiction of black life that white audiences saw. These shows desensitized white people to the horrors of slavery. The performances also promoted demeaning stereotypes of black people that helped confirm the white's unethical notion of superiority. Several years later however the SF Mime Troupe changed direction towards more sketch comedy - meets - musical revue type productions doing away with the older Minstrel Shows of the past.

--TITLE: Aor-2.32 , A Minstrel Show
--GRADE: 4.5 Restored
--PERFORMERS: SF Mime Troupe
--VENUE: Gate Theatre
--CITY: Sausalito CA
--DATE: 08/12/1965
--PRINTING: OP-4; Original Pre-Concert First Printing Poster, Version 4
--SIZE: 15 x 20


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