107: The Beatles: Riverboat Shuffle The Royal Iris
An extremely rare, first generation poster promoting the first of the four floating Beatles performances aboard the infamous Mersey vessel, The Royal Iris, commonly known as the 'Fish and Chip Boat'. During the summer Ray McFall founder owner of the Cavern club would book the Iris for the legendary "Rverboat Shuffles" providing a variety of entertainment acts to draw the largest crowds possible. The top of the bill on this particular shuffle was Acker Bilk, the Trad Jazz Great, catering for a more youthful audience was the new sensations, The Beatles. Note: This blue silkscreen on white paper as illustrated on page 45 of the 2002 edition of The Beatles Chronicles by Mark Lewisohn is extremely rare with hardly any sightings in this original format. An original hand-painted poster has been widely copied and misconstrued as this original distributed version, copies of which are widely available on the internet. In excellent condition apart from some paste marks that have discoloured parts of the design where the wet paste has been absorbed into the paper .16x 11 ¼ inches.