BY ERIC KOHANIK
The famed British Invasion of the 1960s brought with it a host of items to help promote its wave of popularity. Some of these pop culture stars have become immortalized in collectible magazines, posters and dolls.
The most prominent Brit celebrities to be featured as such collectibles are the Beatles. But there are plenty of others in the mix: David Bowie, the Animals, the Kinks, the Bee Gees and many more. And whether you scrounge around flea markets and garage sales or simply search for them online, there are a lot of quirky British Invasion collectibles to be found … Vinyl Records.
The music industry has seen a resurgence of vinyl records in recent years. But there are some classic collectibles that stand out from years past. Many come from the British Invasion of the 1960s. And, naturally, many involve the Beatles. Collectible editions of their Abbey Road LP are among the top sellers. So, too, are vinyl sets of the famed 1967-1970 “Blue Album.”
A rare collectible that is perhaps among the most worthy of scooping up: an original edition of the 1964 album called Meet the Beatles! Fan Magazines Widely regarded as publicity tools, fan magazines have always glommed onto trends of the day. And when it came to the British Invasion, a number of them jumped onto the bandwagon with editions that have become catchy collectibles.
Teen magazines such as Flip, Teen World, Tiger Beat, Teen Life and 16 Magazine often zoomed in on British music groups. And although other prominent fan magazines such as Photoplay spent most of their time and ink on American film and TV stars, some memorable collectible issues emerged that dedicated themselves to music groups and celebrities who were part of the British Invasion.
Even such magazines as Life, Look, Vogue, Time and Esquire have, over the years, come up with collectible editions that put the spotlight on everyone from Sean Connery, Mary Poppins and the Beatles to the likes of Twiggy, the Rolling Stones and Herman’s Hermits.
Posters Dozens of posters pay tribute to the British Invasion. Like a lot of other collectibles, many tend to focus on the Beatles, with posters hyping their music hits, their movies or simple headshots of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Scores of other vintage posters paid homage to the likes of Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks and even the Yardbirds.
Many of these bands have reemerged and brought a new wave of British interest to the collectible world as well. Dolls Whether they were meant to be action figures or simply “likeness dolls,” there are many collectible dolls available. They range from renderings of James Bond and Mary Poppins to miniature likenesses of Twiggy, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Even the Dave Clark Five were honored at one point with a set of dolls replicating the members of the band.
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