Macy*s Giant New-Nation Celebration.
Original Yippie handbill announcing an action at Macy’s department store in New York, June 8 (1968). Printed in black on white stock. 28x21.5cm. Illustrated with a photograph of an ancient (probably Aztec) sculpture. SIGNED by Paul Krassner.
The handbill states: “MACY*S GIANT NEW-NATION CELEBRATION to help free us from the property fetish, macy*s will become a liberated zone Saturday, June 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. * wear middle-class costumes and infiltrate * ask straight shoppers not to enter * ‘PROPERTY IS THEFT’ * give away your clothing inside and demand replacements for leaving * spontaneous sculpture in the aisles * anti-property demonstration surrounding the store * donate second-hand objects to macy*s * start free stores at the entrances * NEW-NATION CELEBRATION SHEEP MEADOW 4 P.M. caution: cops love property & probably will be fierce * youth international party (212) 982-5288”.
The action was inspired by the looting that followed in the wake of Martin Luther King’s assassination and was intended by its instigators, Robert Ockene and Keith Lampe (aka Ponderosa Pine), as a ‘Loot-In’, though the word ‘loot’ was later dropped. After an extensive mail out, the event was postponed once the legal ramifications had been highlighted by a sympathetic lawyer, and after it became apparent that Robert Kennedy’s funeral procession was due to pass close by at the same time. Another handbill announcing the postponement was sent out, but, as Lampe later reminisced, “a beautiful young hippie couple arrived for it from the far end of Long Island. They were broken-hearted! They stood there for a long time saying nothing, their bodies drooping. Finally he said: ‘Well, do you want to go on in anyway?’ She was silent again a long time, then said with a resonant sigh I'll never forget: ‘Oh… all right.’ "
Minor handling wear, o/w Near Fine.