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Poster - Can YOU work out the 13 Beatles Song Titles hidden in this poster?
  • Can YOU work out the 13 Beatles Song Titles hidden in this poster?
    Aldridge, Alan, born 1943
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Can YOU work out the 13 Beatles Song Titles hidden in this poster?

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Finland (printed)

  • Date:

    1969 (illustrated)
    1969 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Aldridge, Alan, born 1943 (illustrators)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Illustrated offset litho

  • Museum number:

    S.3615-1995

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This poster reflects the mystical and psychedelic style that had began to permeate the Beatles music and lyrics by the middle of the 1960s. The influence of travelling through India and practice of transcendental meditation changed not only their music, but their outlook and artwork.

The poster was illustrated by Alan Aldridge, who is also famous for his book of surreal images depicting the song lyrics of the Beatles. His graphic design signature of rounded cartoon style imagery with soft airbrushed colour inspired the graphic design style of the era.

This particular poster was issued with a magazine, and displayed on somebody's wall. As a challenge to fans, the poster invites you to discover which thirteen Beatles songs are illustrated within the profusion of images.

Physical description

Colour illustrated poster with white background, featuring The Beatles in the centre, with George Harrison centre top left, John Lennon centre top right, Ringo Starr centre bottom right and Paul McCartney centre bottom left. There are further depictions of George Harrison and Paul McCartney to the right of central Ringo Starr, and further depictions of Ringo Starr and John Lennon to the left of central Paul McCartney. Yoko Ono peers out of John Lennon's hair in the furthermost left depiction. They are surrounded by surreal illustrations of animals, people and objects that in some way relate to the titles of several of their songs.

Place of Origin

Finland (printed)

Date

1969 (illustrated)
1969 (printed)

Artist/maker

Aldridge, Alan, born 1943 (illustrators)

Materials and Techniques

Illustrated offset litho

Marks and inscriptions

Can YOU work out the 13 Beatles Song Titles hidden in this poster?

Dimensions

Height: 51 cm, Width: 85 cm

Descriptive line

Illustrated poster depicting The Beatles and images representing their songs with the question: 'Can YOU work out the 13 Beatles Song Titles hidden in this poster?'

Labels and date

‘Can YOU work out the 13 Beatles song titles hidden in this poster?’
About 1969

This highly stylised poster represents another aspect of the promotional machine: the use of stars to sell magazines and other publications. It is a pull-out from a magazine and, unlike the other posters shown here, is meant to be displayed in the home. The attraction for fans lies in the novelty of the poster and the challenge to their knowledge. [6o words]

Offset litho
Printed in Finland
Museum no. S.3615-1995 []

Materials

Paper; Lithographic ink

Techniques

Offset lithography; Illustration

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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