Jefferson Airplane – 1966 Band Signed Postcard Sent To Ralph J. Gleason

A wonderful postcard sent by the Jefferson Airplane (and autographed, very humorously, even psychedelically, by the whole band) while on tour in Boston, to legendary SF Chronicle music critic Ralph J. Gleason. Gleason was a vocal supporter of the band from their earliest days, and wrote the liner notes to their 1966 debut album. This postcard has a 1966 copyright date, and while the postmark isn’t readable, the 8 cent airmail stamp dates it to 1969 or before.

The Airplane members have signed as follows–Grace Slick writes “Grace Slick is in Boston & San Francisco and so is Ralph”; Jorma Kaukonen signed “Jorma (Steadfast Panther) Kaukonen; Paul Kantner signs with a large “Paul,” Spencer Dryden signs, alluding to band the band motto and the country music star, “Tex Ritter Loves You. Love Spencer, Love Spencer, Love Spencer, Love” in acid drenched writing; Jack Cassady signed “Hey Ralphie Baby ! We are just freakin’ out all over the place. Jackie Baby” also with psychedelic inspired writing; Marty Balin, probably disgusted by the others, simply signs his name neatly, as does band manager Bill Thompson (his signature, in the top left corner, is a bit obscured by a moisture stain.)

The postcard measures 7 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ and is in excellent condition. We acquired this directly from the Gleason family, in who’s archive it had been held since the late 60’s. Our written lifetime guarantee will detail the provenance of this extraordinary collectible.

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