Welcome to the Woodstock - Preservation Archives
Dedicated to the Historic Preservation of the Site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival
THE WOODSTOCK SITE
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An Original Woodstock ’69 Poster vs. a Copy
- Original posters came in 2 sizes 18" x 24" and 32" x 24".
- They were either on a heavier cardstock or very thin paper used to plaster on walls and billboards.
- If the poster looks new or is that shiny poster paper, it is not original.
- Many originals have a thin white border around them and have the printing company stamped on the back.
- If it has a white border and larger border on the bottom, it is a second printing.
- If the color is orange and not red, and the details for camping etc, only has the header "crafters bazarre" etc. - with no underneath text, it is not original.
Original Woodstock ‘69 Ticket vs. a Copy
- Notice the ticket that cost $6.00 per day. This was in the first group of advance sale tickets sold for the concert. In later printings, the tickets would change to $7.00 per day and, finally, $8.00 per day for the final group.
- The more faded the better.
- The really crisp orange and green ones are fakes (made from the same plates but at a later date.)
- Same goes for 3 day tickets. The more faded, the better the odds that it is real.
- All $6 and $7 tickets are usually real.
Original Woodstock Program vs. a Copy
On the original, the "f" in the word "of" sits directly in a sunflower bud. The first and last pages are a thin, opaque onion skin like parchment. Almost every glossy image with a black background has little white dot imperfections. On the Grateful Dead 2 page, spread has the same clarity on both pages and the reprints are washed out looking.
Hope this helps.