Previously unseen for 33 years, the untitled painting will be auctioned for the first time in New York next month.
The Girls Say Yes To Boys Who Say No poster was an anti-Vietnam war poster created in 1968 to raise money for The Draft Resistance.
Joan Baez was highly active as a political activist during the 1960s, and established the Institute for the Study of Nonviolence in 1964. She encouraged draft resistance during her live concerts, and is believed to have suggested that women opposed to violence should go for men who were resisting the military draft. This suggestion soon turned into the poster featuring Baez, which was created by Larry Gates and sold to raise funds for the Draft Resistance movement.
The ‘Girls Say Yes To Boys Who Say No’ poster
The poster features the celebrated U.S folk singer and political activist Joan Baez, along with her sisters Pauline and Mimi. They sit together on a couch, above which a slogan reads “Girls Say Yes To Boys Who Say No”.
The poster was created to combat the idea that draft resistance was unmanly, and openly suggested that woman who opposed the military draft should become involved with men who resisted it.
How much is a ‘Girls Say Yes To Boys Who Say No’ poster worth?
The posters are now sought-after cultural artefacts, and are rare in good condition. The few examples available through professional vintage poster dealers have been known to sell for between $1,000 - $2,000.
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