Diggers Papers No. 8: "The air smells green."

Arthur is proud to present scans of essential documents produced by and about the San Francisco Diggers, who were in many ways the epicentral actors in the Haight-Ashbury during the epic, wildly imaginative period from late ’66 through ’67. The Diggers’ ideas and activities are essential counter-cultural history, sure, but they are also especially relevant to the current era, for reasons that should be obvious to the gentle Arthur reader.

Most of the documents that we are presenting here are broadsides originally published on a Gestetner machine owned and operated in the Haight by the novelist Chester Anderson and his protege/sidekick Claude Hayward, used the name “Communication Company,” or more commonly, “Com/Co.” In this January 14, 1967 broadsheet, probably distributed along the Haight on telephone polls, walls, and in windows, Anderson passes on some learned tips on good Bay Area headventure trips. Click on the image below to see it at full size…

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27 thoughts on “Diggers Papers No. 8: "The air smells green."

  1. Very few of our broadsides were posted on walls and telephone poles. They were handed out on the street, page by page, super hot media, because the reader trusted the source, which was another freaky looking hippie who had handed it to him/her.

    Thanks, Jay, for keeping the faith.

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  10. Pingback: The Diggers Papers No. 19: another BEDROCK ONE event flyer/poster | ARTHUR MAGAZINE - WE FOUND THE OTHERS

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