Club emphemera

urban party promotional literature“Club emphemera” could be a new venue or merely one of those once-a-week parties or even a one-time-only event. I’ve always collected Austin souvenirs (promotional fans on a stick, campaign posters, restaurant menus, fund-raising brochures, and invitations are some of the examples). There are so many inventive graphic artists around here, under-employed and generous with their talents. Periodically, I gather up such items and donate them to the Austin History Center.

During the past couple of years or so, I’ve been finding more and more little cards like these, announcing parties, plays, release of new music, game-day events, and more. Thse are examples distributed during the past month or so by tucking them under windshield wipers. There are few, if any, design credits ever to be found on these items. I admire the night Austin skyline at the top of the center card, for VIP Saturdays at Spiros on Red River. The Powerhour was to be held at Club AfterMath (formerly Club Visions). The third card is for a Thursday event “@ The Red Room, behind Church’s Chicken on Riverside Dr., also known as Club La Rumba.” I didn’t copy it here, but a recent favorite little ad, much simpler than these (black on orange paper), but distributed the same way, offers a discount on a longhorn tattoo; this one goes out when there are home football games, but just now it’s temporarily misplaced so I couldn’t show it here.

Austin history comes in all sorts of guises. I try to remember this and not discard any parts of Austin today that the Austin of tomorrow might find to be of interest.

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