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Need help with the following:
'The Surf Ballroom Winter Dance Party February 2nd 1959' ‘PROGRAM’
I understand that some posters were quickly and cheaply printed for the event and are very rare to find, they were also reprinted decades later (Some in different colours) to commemorate the event.
My enquiry is not about the posters, my enquiry is as to whether or not a small amount of hand-held programs were also printed at the same time the original posters were printed back in 1959.
Reason I ask is because I have just found two programs amongst approx 200 which I bid on at auction a couple of days ago in Southampton here in the UK.
Almost all the programs refer to a theatre called The Gaumont, Southampton, UK and are dated around the 1950’s, some are signed/autographed to a gentleman called Ken Shave who might have worked within the industry due to being wished “Good Luck” by some of the artists who played there.
In addition, I have found another program amongst the lot, which highlights a forthcoming visit to the Gaumont Theatre by Buddy Holly and the Crickets on Monday 3rd March (No year showing on the program, but could have been the same year 1959)
I will be researching this but could do with any input anyone could offer.
I am fully aware that the two programs might easily be later reprints; naturally, it would be fantastic if they were original.
Normally I would have wondered if they were authentic myself, but because they were found in amongst a lot of other original programs of the 1950’s, at an auction in Southampton where the Gaumont Theatre exists, and where there’s another program which highlights a visit by Buddy Holly to the Gaumont Theatre the following month, had he lived?. All this gives it a level of possibility.
The programs are made of a thick (Card like) paper which I understand the original posters were made of, so was wondering if they had a few programs printed off at the same time.
Some information on the Internet is contradictory which makes it hard to find the facts so if anyone knows anyone else who has first hand knowledge I would be so immensely grateful for contact info.
Thanks for any constructive input you may be able to offer, and I apologise for the extra photo which I don't know how to remove!
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