A group of Oz 'Beautiful Freak!' badges in four different colourways: blue and red; red and green; green and red (negative photo images); and orange and red (positive photo image). OZ BADGES.
A group of Oz 'Beautiful Freak!' badges in four different colourways: blue and red; red and green; green and red (negative photo images); and orange and red (positive photo image).
A group of Oz 'Beautiful Freak!' badges in four different colourways: blue and red; red and green; green and red (negative photo images); and orange and red (positive photo image).

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A group of Oz 'Beautiful Freak!' badges in four different colourways: blue and red; red and green; green and red (negative photo images); and orange and red (positive photo image).

Each 5.5cm. diameter. The badges were first offered for sale in Oz #32 in January 1971 (the Granny on the front cover is wearing one), with new colours advertised in Oz #41 (April 1972).


The badges reproduce Keith Morris's front cover photograph from Oz #24 of Lee Heater and his acid-tipped tongue. Heater was a grungy Texan super-freak connected to the Brotherhood of Eternal Love in California who hung out at Oz, crashed in the back room at Richard Neville's basement flat with a basket of kittens and an illuminated fish tank (spiking his tea with LSD), and once stood in for him as the supposed editor of Oz for an interview with The People, a trashy tabloid (the article is reproduced on the flip side of the Honeybunch 'Jail Bait of the Month' poster insert included in Oz #24).


Slight rusting to versos; small blemishes to the green and red one, o/w Very Good plus. Together with: a badge advertising The National Space & UFO Convention at Woburn Abbey, 1969, apparently included with the Freak badges by Oz mail order in the package received by their original owner (this cataloguer can think of no explanation other than Martin Sharp always had an interest in flying saucers).

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