When my Godfather, John Eastham, shuttered the downtown location of his gift shop, The Whickerbill, a few years back, we inherited a large bureau that had a brightly-colored stack of old semi-psychedelic posters tucked away in the bottom drawer. Full of mischievous proclamations and aphorisms, the posters were created in the early 70s by a Palmer High School student named Roy Linton who hand-silkscreened them onto construction paper and sold them at the Whickerbill until he graduated high school and went on to become a well-known custom auto body painter in Denver. I took the posters in to show my Godfather and he narrates this audio-slideshow (please padon the heavy buzzing—we were having some technical difficulties).

If anyone has any more of Roy Linton’s artwork or remembers the posters, please leave a comment or get in touch with us: thebigsomething@krcc.org. We’re going to try to get in touch with him in Denver and will let you know what else we find out.

 

10 Responses to Blast from Our Past: Roy Linton's Mischievous Posters

  1. tobi says:

    all i can say is… wow… a brilliant young mind, talented artist and truly a voice from my generation!!!! that is a very wonderful inheritance. hope you find him.

  2. Deb says:

    Too fun! Thanks to John for narrating. I’ve been a big fan and customer of the Whickerbill for many years and always find original and interesting items throughout the store with great comment cards on why you need it! Easy to see why these posters were a big hit then, and would be now too!

  3. Susan says:

    Another delightful gem.

  4. Nancy Wilsted says:

    In those days, we lived next door to Johnny. You ran around in bib overalls and madly rode your big wheel all over Manitou’s hillsides. Darryl Murphy, who lived at the Bird Cage, ran a little Hippie pre-school which you attended. You and a four year old girl locked yourselves in the bathroom, the outcome of which was your first strange hair cut (and who knows what else). I worked in the old St. Francis Hospital’s operating room and, in my spare time (!), made glass terrariums which Johnny sold in the shop. Never see terrariums any more.

  5. Chris says:

    If Roy Linton is found the Wickerbill ought to try to bring some of these back on something other than construction paper! They are wonderful and thanks for putting together this piece.

  6. atomic elroy says:

    excellent work Noel & KRCC! I remember these. I love the tinge of sarcasm in the other wise positive aphorism.

  7. Sara says:

    Wow, Noel, these are really fun. Thank you for sharing them with the community! I have fantasies of the FutureSelf students getting up to similar mischief with the screenprinting equipment they now have 😀

  8. Norm says:

    Very nice posters. Will any of these be available for purchase? What about reprints? Thanks.

  9. Noel Black says:

    Norm, we’re trying to get in touch with Roy and will let you know.

  10. elizabeth osborne says:

    i’m intrigued hope the story continues looking forward to some stories and maybe more posters

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