Handbill publicizing "The End of the War," The Straight Theatre, San Francisco, Nov. 5, 1968. Silkscreen. Straight Graphics, San Francsico.
Depicts the presidents of the United States and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, Lyndon Johnson and Ho Chi Minh, embracing.
In early 1966, a group of artists and musicians from San Francisco's counterculture scene renovated an old vaudeville theatre in the Haight and reopened it as The Straight Theatre. Between the spring of 1966 and the summer of 1969, The Straight was the venue for hundreds of musical, dramatic, poetic, dance, film and mixed media events. An artists' collective connected with the theatre, Straight Graphics, produced posters and handbills to publicize these events.
On Nov. 5, Election Day, 1968, The Straight hosted "The End of the War," a free public concert co-sponsored by The Diggers, an anarchist street theatre ensemble. This provocative handbill was issued for the event.