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Mystery Object #7: Day Glo Watergate Poster

Nixon CloseupIf he were still alive, today would have been Richard Nixon’s 100th birthday. No doubt because anniversaries make for easy news stories, I have already heard more than a few mentions in the media of Nixon’s legacy. The Vietnam War. The rapprochement with Mao’s China. Was he a war time president? What was his legacy? (Interestingly, I have heard no mention at all of one very influential event of his presidency—the decision to abandon the gold standard in August of 1971.)

Of course, I was a bit too young to remember all of the details. To me, the Nixon era evokes one singular image above all others—a day-glo poster hung on the wall in my grandparents basement in Austin, Minnesota. As I remember it most clearly, it hung in the “rec room” just above the folding card table where my grandparents often put together puzzles.

The poster featured a worried Nixon holding the reins of a pack of multicolored “dogs” with human heads. Behind him the Whitehouse crumbles as a blindfolded lady justice with her scales and book of law approaches—radiating trippy red and yellow neon light. Around each of the dog’s necks was a chain collar with their names: Dean, Erlichman, Haldeman, Mitchell, Magruder, and Mc Cord.

A few years ago, when we moved my grandmother out of her home into an assisted-living facility I somehow came into possession of the poster. It has been sitting in my basement waiting for the day I frame it.

Since today is Nixon’s 100th, I figure I might as well post an image of it here and share it with anyone who is interested. It somehow seems like a very fitting image of our first post-modern president. Now if I can just find a black light somewhere to try it out…


The text at the bottom reads:
Watergate. Artist: Ralph Reese. @1973 The Third Eye Inc. 423 W. 55th. ST., N.Y.C. 10019


6 thoughts on “Mystery Object #7: Day Glo Watergate Poster

  1. I have one of these two. I believe it was purchased at a boutique in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington , DC in 1973

    Posted by John Surgalla | November 25, 2013, 1:26 pm
    • I also have this it’s been in the family for over 40 year’s. Can anyone shed light on this poster as with it’s worth and how rare since now I see there are at least 3. Thank’s

      Posted by Will G. | January 17, 2014, 6:54 pm
  2. I had this on my wall growing up….

    Posted by Jon | February 6, 2014, 11:46 am
  3. I have one of these that I would like to sell at my local social media marketplace. It is dry mounted onto foam and framed. I have no idea what it is worth. Any ideas?

    Posted by Suzanne Stewart | August 24, 2014, 12:44 am
    • Hi, Sorry I have no idea. I’m sure a few searches on Ebay, etc should give you something.

      Posted by Museum Fatigue | August 24, 2014, 7:04 pm
      • Hi, I’m 40 years old and this was my parents before I was born. I did all the reasearch I could, thinking it was rare. Waste of time, even in great condition, also not a reprint. I was lucky to get $100.00 because of the condition, and there are quite a few still around, not as rare as I’d hoped. Good Luck.

        Posted by B.G. | August 24, 2014, 7:34 pm

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