Pretty Things – Phil May Handwritten Postcard With Psychedelic Drawing (1973)

A handwritten and psychedelically doodled postcard sent by Phil May, lead singer and co-founder of The Pretty Things, to a Los Angeles-area girl he was dating.

Postmarked 1973, May writes (his spelling and grammar preserved):

Dear Vicky, the delay in my contacting you was confined, stricktly in the writing, as you have been in my thoughts this past week oftenest.  To the house on the hill in Zuma beach I return oftenest.  I will be at the Holiday Inn, Downtown, 175 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta, Georgia, from the 6th May.  Love, Phil XXXX

The Zuma beach house May mentions is the one to which this card was addressed.  We acquired this directly from the original recipient; we have blurred out her last name in the scan for her privacy, but it appears on the actual card (which pictures a castle in Germany.)

May, an art student at Sidcup Art College, formed the Pretty Things with another Sidcup student Dick Taylor, who had recently left the nascient Rolling Stones (Keith Richard was also a Sidcup student!)

At the time May wrote this card, the Pretty Things were touring the United States in support of their 1972 album Freeway Madness.  They played Hollywood’s Whisky A-G0-Go on April 19, 1973, likely a week or so before this was sent.  5 3/4″ x 4 1/4″.

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