This world was crazy, scary and colorful. New impulses, causes and design. Welcome to the Hippie Era… II

The Dick Brodeur aka the Hippie Archaeologist Collection.

Preserving the short-lived Hippie / Psychedelic / MOD era (1965-1973 or so) through it’s memorabilia and stories.

NukeItMy first incarnation of this blog had an accident…  Yeah THAT kind of accident… a year’s work vaporized… poof!



Original 1960’s Painted Hippie Guitar

Discovered in an Austin, TX Estate Sale in the early 1970s.


The unique 1960s belt worn by a Haight Hippie named Moon


This OOAK hippie belt was acquired from someone who was gifted it personally by Moon. She has sadly now passed as many from the San Francisco Flower Children scene have – but he still talked with awe about her beauty nearly fifty years later.


1960s Haight Artisan Made Hippie Lady’s Belt


This is a truly remarkable artifact to have survived from the 1960’s San Francisco Hippie Era. Personally, I think this may be the greatest 1960s hippie HaightHippiePurpleArtNouveauBelt1belt ever made. Style, color, size – it has it all… Seller in conjunction with the owner described it like this “This is a gorgeous handmade, hand painted one of a kind leather belt with abalone inlay & purple suede backing. It was made by a very talented leather artisan in a Art Nouveau design and purchased in San Francisco in the 60s. It was proudly worn in the Haight-Ashbury district and admired by many. Truly part of the 60s revolution’s history! It <was> part of a Northern California art collection.” Also he added this when I inquired “The original owner is my client. He and his wife lived in the Haight for years. She loved this belt and it was hand made for her. She died years ago and he is now selling it”.

It is distressing when I acquire items from those who lived the dream so to speak and have now passed too soon but gives me all the more passion to preserve their lives for future generations.


1960s MOD Beach Hats in Psychedelic Colors


NOS with the Paul B. Stone Originals label

These do not need a description…


1960s Harlequin Over-The-Top MOD Sunglasses


Imagine these paired with that orange beach hat above!


Authentic Hippie Peace Symbol Medallions

I particularly like the creative representation of the peace symbol that the 1960s San Francisco street artisan created on the left.


Original Early 1970s OOAK NY Space Theme Hippie Leather Belt


Acquired in 2016 from Bo Overlock – a self described New York Hippie who attended Woodstock. He wore this belt in the early 1970s. The space theme is found in other pieces, but this example which has rockets with colorful suede exhaust, multiple colored Planet Saturns and no stars is unique in my experience.


Multi-purposing 1960s Counter Culture Fabric



Right out of the Abbie Hoffman era, I have acquired a shirt and a tablecloth (from the original owner) that intertwine the peace symbol and the American Flag motif in a bold Hippie kind-of-way.


Signed & Dated Peter Max 1969 Advertising Poster


Original Vintage PETER MAX 36″ x 24″ J. C. PENNEY’s Signed & Dated Poster acquired from a Lansing Michigan collection. Perhaps the most psychedelic advertising poster ever made. Forget the “perhaps”…

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1960’s Peter Max Wall Clock, Unused in Original Box


Original period 1960s Peter Max wall clock in the Opticon design mint unused in original psychedelic checkerboard box.


Original 1960’s Tie Dye American Target B.V.D. T-Shirt



… All I know about the history of this remarkable hippie era artifact is that it was one of three and came out of a now defunct Harrisburg, PA vintage shop. I have never seen this kind of “controlled” tie-dye before. My feeling is this was likely created for an anti-Vietnam War protest, perhaps on a campus near Harrisburg… the label puts it in the right period. I also surmise the holes around the target were purposely created, along with the “Blood” stains smeared here and there for effect when the protestor may have fallen to the ground. Incredible piece, and highly unusual.

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1972 VOTE Bellbottoms & Necktie


I did NOT wear these to the voting booth for my first vote…



One thought on “This world was crazy, scary and colorful. New impulses, causes and design. Welcome to the Hippie Era… II”

  1. Ah, the summer of love, 1967,!
    “Are you going to San Francisco? The Fish Cheer – “One, Two, Three, what are we fighting for ”
    Of course, I was only a child, in a small rural town in New Hampshire. What did I know of love.

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