Original 1st printing final state (White Lake) version 18 x 24&1/2" (small format) concert poster for the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair Aquarian Exposition, held in White Lake, NY from 8/15-17.1969.
Art by Arnold Skolnick, image is featured in the Art of Rock book on page 257 (plate 3.1).
Poster advertises performances by Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Tim Hardin, Richie Havens, the Incredible String Band, Bert Sommer, Ravi Shankar, Sly & the Family Stone and Sweetwater (8/15), Canned Heat, Creedence Clearwater (Revival), the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Quill, Keef Hartley, the Who, Janis Joplin and Mountain, (8/16), the Band, the Jeff Beck Group (*canceled), Joe Cocker (and the Grease Band), Blood, Sweat & Tears, Johnny Winter, Crosby, Stills & Nash (with an unadvertised appearance by Neil Young), Iron Butterfly (*canceled/stranded at the airport), Ten Years After and Jimi Hendrix (with Gypsies, Suns and Rainbows). Not listed on the poster (but did perform); Country Joe McDonald (with and without the Fish), the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, John Sebastian and Sha-Na-Na.
Medium-thick glossy-coated vellum stock poster is in very good to excellent (B/B+ to B+) condition; there are a series of extra-thin vertical hairline stress creases and a couple of tiny bends in the lower right corner, a few light creases/thin bends running along the left/right margins, a couple of ultra-light surface scuffs and nearly-invisible pin-prick age spots hiding within the image area, a soft handling ding or two, along with a few light surface abrasions, a touch of toning and a quartet of masking tape remnants on the reverse side, otherwise fine.
REALLY SHARP-looking 100% VERIFIED ORIGINAL FIRST PRINTING example of this iconic 1960's event poster (COA available on request). For a long time, it was VERY hard to differentiate the small-version original from the MANY reprints/bootlegs; this particular example came right from an old collection in upstate New York, not far from Bethel/White Lake (that had a few other interesting oddball NY-area pieces, everything dating from the Spring/Summer 1969, and all removed (for free) from public display; nothing was purchased).
There are several differences between the originals and the reprints, but the EASIEST way to tell is the presence of a tiny red dot about 3/8" from the top edge of the dove's rear feather (see photo). I was able to confirm it from a photo of the (ONLY) ticket outlet poster that was exhibited locally (at the El Monaco Hotel) at the time of the event which exhibits the same red dot in the exact same place (see photo). There are one or two other minor anomalies (a series of tiny hairline "cut marks" in between the fingers), but for the time being, the red dot on the dove seems to be the most obvious clue. (*thanks to Woodstock Treasures for the photo of the ticket outlet poster)