Rolly Crump Posters

The multi-talented Roland "Rolly" Crump (b.1930), mostly known for his extensive design work with Disney, illustrated a series of satirical posters for the Esoteric Poster Company of Seattle,  after a chance meeting with the company's founder, Howard Morseburg (b.1924), at a San Fernando Valley frame shop in 1960. Crump created the posters to poke fun at the then popular Beatnik movement and the drug use associated with it. Though the posters were never sold in large enough quantities to make a living, Crump considered them a creative outlet and continued to collaborate with Morseburg until he became too involved with designing the Disney attractions for the 1964 Worlds Fair.

The Green Gasser Kauphy House, 1960

Pete's Poop Deck Jazz Club, 1960

 Eve and the Serpent, 1961. via eBay at time of post

 Delilah in the Bath, 1961. via eBay at time of post

Sitting Pretty, 1961. via eBay at time of post

Satirical drug posters, 1961, serigraphs. via 60s Psychedelic Posters

The below images were not part of Rolly's work for Esoteric, but I had to include them.
Sun, 1966

Illustration for Disney's "Tiki Room", c. 1962

Rolly with model and sketch for his Tower of the Four Winds for the 1964 World's Fair

Roland Crump; clipping from a recent Los Angeles Magazine. Photo: Gregg Segal

The above images are from artist/designer Kevin Kidney's fantastic blog (unless otherwise noted). Being a long-time Disney designer, he has tons of great vintage Disney imagery, including many behind-the-scence development shots. He also shares the work he and his business partner Jody Daily, produce through their design studio Kevin & Jody Co. See Kevin Kidney's posts on Rolly here and here

Related Links:
Go to- Rolly Crump's website
Go to- Rolly Crump's Zazzle store; more of his work can be seen here.
Go to- Esoteric Psychedelic Posters' bio page on Rolly.

1 comment:

Stonecat said...

I hit Disney in Florida this Spring for the first time in many many years. Despite the industrial tourism and the common denominator crowds, there is a ton of great art and design, past and present, to enjoy. This Crump stuff is very cool Daddy-O! Need the T-shirts!