1960's Beatles Memorabilia Reference Guide
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A Beatles inflatable Airbed mfg in the
UK by Li-Lo. Came in two colors.
see Record Carrying Cases, Litterbag, Lunchboxes and Overnight
A rare stuffed Apple with large worm
mfg by Apple Records as a promotional item in 1968. See this
item in Record Promotional Items
Section for more information. Apple
Records also mfg a stuffed green Apple that housed a transistor radio
inside. Both of these items are prized possessions. See also
the Apple Dartboard, Apple
Wristwatch, Apple Keychain, Apple Playing Cards.
A wooden Apple promotional item mfg in
1968, UK. A brass Apple was also made in 1968.
A large 16"x30" wide original Beatles
Apron from 1964.
With the straps extended, this item measures out at 48" wide. This fully licensed item
was manufactured from a heavy paper-like material with reinforced stitching
Beatles Lesson Assignment Book mfg in
the USA by Select-o-Pak. Vinyl fold open booklet contains slots for 2
paper pads, each with a different header. Includes a slip-in ID card on the
front. Several colors made.
Autographs. A 10" x 13.5" tall magazine page signed by all four
mid-1964. Paul actually signed twice! The piece features 2 great
full-color photos of the Beatles, one from Central Park in NYC and one with Ed
Sullivan. Signed color photos are extremely rare as are signed record
jackets. Also pictured is a signed Please Please Me Parlophone original UK
LP, a nice black and white signed photograph, a signed Royal Command
Performance program in which the Beatles played before the Queen of England and
John remarked "the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands, the rest of
you just rattle your jewelry!", the only known copy of an autographed
1966 Beatles USA Ltd concert program and a cool postcard written by Paul in
1964. See our detailed section on Beatles
autographs for much more in depth information.
Rare UK Autograph
by Seagull in 1963. Vinyl covered fold open booklet contains blank
multi-colored autograph pages on the
inside. On the outside cover is a nice color photograph of The Beatles
under clear vinyl. These are not often found and there are not many in
A cloth Beatles Badge sold
in the UK in 1964. Red, gold and maroon stitching.
A promotional cardboard badge
out at the opening premieres of A Hard Day's Night and HELP! movies in
1964 and 1965. This
is a 3 3/4" cardboard
badge. There is the rarer variation with
no hole punched out at top.
A very hard to find vinyl Carry Bag mfg
in the USA in the 1960's.
Vinyl Japanese Bags mfg in 1966.
Three different designs are known, each with cardboard hangtag. These were
available during the Beatles '66 Tour of Japan. A large warehouse find of
these was made a few years ago, thus these bags are somewhat plentiful.
A nice canvas Beatles bag mfg in the UK
in 1964. Zippered top with strap. Hard to find item.
9" rubber inflatable Ball mfg in the USA in
1964. Several colors are known with black being the most common color.
9" rubber inflatable Ball was mfg
in the UK. Has stickers of each Beatle around the ball including 2
"The Beatles" stickers.
14" or 18" Blow-up Punch Ball mfg
in the USA and Canada in 1964. Both were sold in cellophane wrappers with
a header card attached. Several different colors were available.
Beatles Balloon mfg in the USA in
1964 by United Industries. A large quantity of these were found in the 1970's and these are
still available in still-sealed condition. Many different colors were manufactured.
Bamboo Trays were mfg in Taiwan and came
in 3 different sizes, 6", 11" and 12". A nice metal
English Tea Tray was also manufactured.
A Beatles promotional Band-aid mfg by
Capitol Records for the release of the movie HELP!. There is no original
band-aid holder that was made for this item so be aware that any white plastic
band-aid holder for this product is not a legitimate item.
The Beatles Banjo mfg in 1964-66 by
Mastro Industries in New York, USA. 4 stringed toy instrument originally
mfg with an instruction manual and came packaged on a colorful cardboard
backing. Quite treasured by collectors. Click here
for more info on Mastro.
A large silk-type material Banner
advertising the Beatles Mod Fashions. USA. 1966. See the clothing
tags shown below mfg by the same company.
Beach Hats were sold via mail order in
the USA in 1964. Came in either dark blue or red. Insignia on front.
Bed Sheets were available from several
hotels in the USA in 1964. Some even sold rug sections on original display
cards. The Whittier Hotel Bed sheets have been reproduced and the repro
card does not picture a sailboat while the original one does.
These Beatseats were mfg in the UK in
1964. One of each Beatle plus a group seat were made.
A Beatles Belt made in
Australia in 1964.
An Apple promo Belt Buckle.
A vinyl corded belt mfg in the USA in 1964. Several colors made and
several medallions were used on the ends including metal and leather fobs.
See the jewelry section for examples of these fobs.
Bicycle Flags; see Flags.
Vinyl 3-Ring School Binders from 1964.
These were very popular items in 1964-1965. 3 Ring Binders were manufactured by 3 companies in 1964: Standard Plastic Products (SPP,
USA), New York Looseleaf (NYL, USA) and a Canadian Company which also
produced the really cool School Bag. SPP also produced such items as Kaboodle
Kits, wallets and pencil
cases. The Canadian 3 ring binder has never been
documented in any book; this binder varies from the others as it has only
1 Beatles' signature for each Beatle instead of 2 for the American
versions. It has the same litho as the Canadian School Bag along with the
exact same copyright information printed at the bottom on the front cover. The SPP
binders can be found in 7 different colors:
Pink, Red, Yellow, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Lavender and Beige. The NYL
company only produced a white binder and is shown in the group picture below. The Canadian binder was
produced in beige with the graphics and lettering in brown ink. The
Canadian binder also differs in that the vinyl has a pebbly feel whereas the
other binders have a smooth vinyl surface. Also shown is a Binder Store
Shipping Box which contained 1 binder as a bonus for the dealer. Not all
colors used by SPP have been verified for each of their products. For
instance a peach colored 3 ring binder mfg by SPP has never been documented!
A grey cloth Binder was mfg in the UK to
hold your Beatles Monthlies.
Beatles Birthday Cards were mfg by
American Greetings in 1964. Several different designs were made for these
oversized greeting cards.
The Beatles Blanket mfg in England in
1964 by Whitney. Wool blanket with faces of each Beatle. Whitney tag
is sewn into bottom left corner.
A complete set of 7 Beatles Bookcovers in the
original plastic packaging. These bookcovers are a fully licensed item mfg
in the US in 1964. Includes a cover sheet showing The Beatles in their swimsuits!
Books, books and more
books. Many books were written in the 1960s on The Beatles.
Hardcovers are more desirable than paperbacks. Hardcovers that came with
dust jackets in high grade condition are in demand by collectors today.
Book... The Authorized Biography by Hunter Davies. This is
the 1968 USA 1st Edition with Dust Jacket mfg by McGraw-Hill Book Company.
The second one shown is the more common, smaller dimensioned book club edition. Black cloth covered hardbound book.
Book... The Beatles Real Story. This is
the 1968 USA 1st Edition with Dust Jacket by Julius Fast.
Book. Hardcover HELP! sold at opening
premieres of the motion picture in 1965. By Random House USA.
Book...A very rare
hardcover book: A First Edition,
first printing of John Lennon's In His Own
Write. This is the Simon & Schuster USA edition, circa
1964. First edition USA copies had this red sticker adhered to the front
cover stating "The Writing Beatle". Both front and back covers have gloss finish.
hardcover book: Dear Beatles mfg in 1964.
A Cellarful of Noise by Brian Epstein, The Beatles manager. 1st Editions of both
USA and UK
versions shown with dust jackets.
Book. Hardcover USA We Love You Beatles.
A children's book with dust jacket.
Book. Love Letters to the Beatles
came in either paperback or hardcover with dustjacket.
Book. Paperback USA. The Beatles
Words without Music.
Booklet. A Pixerama foldout small
booklet mfg in the UK in 1964.
publishing mfg a small fold-out booklet in the USA in 1964. The original
store display is also shown.
The Beatles Booty Bag with
drawstring closure at top. Also included a paper instruction sheet
inserted into the see-through bag.
The Mastro Industries' Beatles
in the original box with instruction sheet. Two sizes of red plastic bongos were made
by this New York company in 1964-66. One had black plastic rims and one
had maroon rims. 2 different stickers were made also, one round one with a
group picture used on the Big Beat Bongos only and a die-cut group picture used
on both versions. Beware of copies that have been painted red as originals
were solid red plastic. Click here
for more information on Mastro.
Bracelets, see Jewelry
A promotional cardboard bracelet given
out at the opening premiere of HELP! in 1965. This 3 3/4" cardboard
badge with original string. See badges for other information.
A Brick from the original Cavern Club in
Liverpool England. Several companies have sold bricks or slices of bricks
from the original club when it was torn down. It's now rebuilt across the
Vinyl Brief Cover mfg in the USA in 1964
by Select-o-pak. Several colors and had an ID card which slid into a clear
vinyl pouch on the front. Inside had slots to place your notepads.
Brooches. see Jewelry
Brunch Bag mfg by Alladin in the USA in
1964. Large vinyl 'girls lunchbox' has a zippered top and originally was
issued with a red plaid-colored thermos and not the Thermos that came with the
blue metal Alladin lunchbox. See Lunchbox section
for additional pieces. See also Kaboodle
Kit and AirFlite Boxes.
A package of Beatles Bubblebath mfg in the UK in 1963. It also has
printing on it advertising the Beatles Perfume bottle!
Official Beatles Bubble Gum Cards and
original store displays by
Topps USA. Six different styles of gum cards were issued in 1964.
The first Black/White sets had 3 series with a total of 165 cards. The
Color Set included 64 different gum cards; the Diary Series contained 60 cards
and the Hard Days Night series had 55 cards. There were only 3 other gum card sets made
in the 1960s: a set of 55 USA Beatles Plaks cards, a set of 60 UK Black and
White series and a set of 66 Yellow Submarine
cards mfg in the UK by Anglo Confectionary. The USA sets are sometimes
found in large uncut sheets which contain all cards in that series.
Bubble Gum cards mfg by Topps. These
were the Plaks series. Very hard to find set, wrapper and display box.
Bubble Gum Rack-Packs mfg by Topps in
the USA. Each package contained 3 sealed packs of 10 cards each of either the
Black and White or Color Series.
Bubble Gum promotional poster mfg by
Topps for the Beatles A Hard Day's Night 55 card set.
A Beatles original SHIPPING BOX for the First Series,
Color Series and Hard Days Night bubble
gum cards. Mfg by Topps USA in 1964. These were originally
packed and shipped with 24
boxes of Beatles bubble gum cards!! An officially licensed item with
excellent graphics. Highly sought after by advanced collectors!
Bubble Gum store display box mfg in the
UK by A&BC Company for the set of Black and White UK series.
The infamous Beatles Butcher
cover, also a closeup shot of the paste over cover showing Ringo's black
sweater underneath in a black 'V'. Also shown is the original photograph
used for the infamous record jacket cover in America.
A collection of original 1960's pinback and flasher
Buttons from the US. All items are original releases and all items are in
excellent condition. A complete set of the "I Love" 3"
buttons is included. Includes a complete set of all 6 different flasher
buttons released by Vari-Vue 1964. Also shown are complete sets of 9
different 1" buttons mfg by Green Duck Company; these were available in
both blue and red varieties; please note these 1" buttons have been reproduced
and that the originals have copper metal pins with brushed white-colored tips. The 4" photo
button is very rare as is the other two 3" photo buttons. The Paul
Lives button is circa 1969 and is a very hard to find item. Also
shown is a promotional flyer advertising the Green Duck buttons.
Cake decorations came in
many forms and sizes in 1964 with many of these items not licensed by NEMS
Enterprises Ltd. These unlicensed items are still collected as they were
made during the height of Beatlemania even though pricing today has been around $100
Two other early Cake
Decoration Sets that
were mfg in the 1964 era. Marked "The Swingers" Music Set, these
were mfg in Hong Kong in 1964. This unlicensed item was obviously an
attempt to cash in on The Beatles merchandising whirlwind that happened in
1964. Still a must have for seasoned collectors! Notice the likeness
to The Beatles on the header card on the set on the right.
A 1964 Cake
Topper Decoration Piece that was mfg in the 1964 era.
An extremely rare, very large 24" x
28" cardboard Salesman's Sample Promotional
Calendar. This item was
officially licensed by NEMS Enterprises Ltd. circa 1964-1966 and manufactured by
The John Federick Adverting Company, Chicago, Illinois USA. Original
lithograph © Louis Dow Co. 1964. Used by salespeople in the early
1960's to sell advertising for various products and services. This great
promo piece has one sample paper calendar month glued to the middle.
Is marked at bottom of photograph in fine print "PRINTED IN U.S.A."
and "© 1964 NEMS ENTERPRISES LTD." Also is marked "F-122
BEATLES DIRECT-ON MOUNT" at center of bottom edge. The large
print PRODUCT OR SERVICE AD PRINTED HERE would be replace by the
business' name. Their slogan and address would be placed under The Beatles
picture replacing the YOUR IMPRINT HERE section. This
item has the original folds and is in Near Mint, UNUSED condition. White
steak across right middle is from camera flash. An extremely rare example
of early Beatlemania. A large, impressive item that would look awesome
nicely framed and matted. Price $699
A UK Beatles Calendar.
Has glass front and plastic standup on back with knobs on back to change the
2 small sized UK Calendars
mfg in 1964.
A USA promotional salesman's sample Calendar.
Note the wording on the piece. This item was also available with various
company names imprinted.
The Beatles Book UK Calendar,
this one mfg by the Beatles Fan Club
Candy Stick Boxes mfg in
the USA in 1964. 6 different colors, 4 different Beatles. A rare
store display box is also known. A Ringo hand puppet was placed into each
store display box.
The Ringo Cap mfg in the
USA. Many types of material was used including wool and leather. Is
printed The Ringo Cap inside.
Another wool Cap mfg in the
UK in the early sixties. The small patch sewn onto the front says The
Beatles. Several colors were made.
Carrying Cases were made in
a variety of shapes and sizes. The Black one was a girl's overnight case
mfg in the USA by AirFlite. The red and green ones were record carrying
cases mfg by AirFlite. The pink case held 45 records and is called a
Disk-Go-Case mfg in 1966 by Charter Industries. See Record
Carrying Cases, AirFlite and Disk-Go-Cases for more info.
A Capitol Records Record Catalog.
Capitol issued these items each year for use by distributors for placing orders.
The entire Beatles album line is featured inside.
A Cavern Club membership booklet.
Issued in Liverpool England during the early years. Many colors and years
available. Beware of bootlegs.
A Cavern Club Compliment Card.
Issued in the Liverpool England club in 1963-64.
A Christmas Card issued in
England in conjunction with John's second book. Designed by John Lennon.
Christmas Ornaments mfg in
Italy in 1964. These glass ornaments were not officially licensed by the
Beatles but collectors love them! Originally issued in sets of 4 in a
plain white cardboard window box with only Made in Italy printed on it.
Issued in red, blue or gold with a brown thick plastic guitar glued to the
The Official Beatles Fan Club issued Christmas
Records each holiday season beginning in 1963 in the UK through 1969
then a compilation LP was made in 1970. There are both UK and USA versions
of these records. The USA first year record was made in 1964-no 1965 USA
Specific record was issued.
There are 12 different Christmas Records in a complete set!!! See Fan Club section for more great items.
Christmas Seals were mfg by
Hallmark in 1964. These were really the same item as the Beatles Stamps
mfg by Hallmark - they just created a new cover for the Holiday Season!
His and Hers clothing tags
and label mfg in the USA in 1966.
Beatles clutch purses mfg in
the USA by Dame. Came in several sizes and colors. The Leather strap
on the 5.5" x 9" size is a key to a genuine one; the black/white
repeating pattern one did not come with a leather strap - this pattern was also
made in red/white. Note the clutch purse in it's original packaging.
Drink Coasters were mfg in
the UK in 1964. There was one of each Beatle made.
A rare Beatles silver coin
mfg in the UK in 1965. Over an ounce of pure .999 silver. This item
is quite uncommon and not easy to find. If you
look at the flyer closely, you'll see this company made a gold version of this
coin as a grand prize giveaway - what a prize that would be today!
Brass Coin was mfg in the
USA in 1964. This item is quite common and very easy to find.
Coin Holders on the
original display card. Mfg in the USA. Heavy squeeze-open rubber coin
holders. Opening was on top. Colors were black or red with white
A UK Colouring Set.
Mfg by Kitfix in 1964. Pencil by number set of 5 portraits.
The Beatles Colorforms
Cartoon set. Mfg in the USA in 1966.
The Beatles official 14" long comb
mfg by Lido Toys in NYC. Several colors exist including white, light
green, cream and light pink. Has been counterfeited in red, blue and
These UK Combs were mfg in 1964 by Valex and are shown on the
original display card.
Only a few Beatle
Comic Books were made in the 1960's.
The DELL Special issue and the Yellow Submarine Comic Book were the only 2 made that featured the Beatles
throughout. The Beatles did appear in several other off-shoot comic books
during this time; these however are less desirable than ones featuring only the
The Beatles compact mfg in
the UK in 1964 by KIGU. 6 different styles are known. The colored
photograph compact of Ringo is marked Made in England on the inside.
Others are not marked KIGU although they were licensed and manufactured by this
English company in early 1964. The same company made an ultra rare lipstick
case also shown. Compact variations photo courtesy of Roseann Castaneda.
Concert Items. A small Concert promotional flyer from
CHUM radio in Toronto Canada from July of 1965. Features a Beatles
concert ticket giveaway on how to WIN BEATLES TICKETS on the back
cover. Inside shown also. Other items are concert
ticket stubs, buttons and concert programs from
various shows around the world. Note the original Shea Stadium
poster - this has been faked over and over again but not with the same picture
and printing. Also note the rare UK early concert posters, wow! See
for more information and pictures.
products licensed by
The Beatles. Since these items were meant to be used, they were often
tossed out when empty thus making these items rare and desirable to Beatles
collectors today. All are very nice examples of original Beatlemania! Talcum Powder
Tin, Perfume and Hair
Wooden Corkstoppers were mfg during the
height of Beatlemania. One of each Beatle was made.
Cups. See also
Glasses, Mugs and Tumblers.
A Beatles ceramic drinking Cup or mug mfg
by Washington Pottery UK 1964.
Plastic drinking Cups or
mfg in the USA in 1964 by Burrite. 3 different colored liners were made
for the Burrite items. Red, green and white. The picture of The Beatles was a paper
insert slid inside a clear plastic outer part. These paper inserts were
found in quantity a few years back and were inserted into a newly styled plastic
cup however the shape of the new cup was different than the older 1960's
issue; they are easily differentiated from the originals. .Burrite
also mfg a plastic mug with a color insert - that item was also reproduced but
again, easily set apart from the original as the original had a flat sided
Beatle Curtains were mfg and
available in the UK. Many different patterns and styles. Collectors
seek out actual curtains that were made originally as curtains, not just plain
material. Cloth was made by the same company that made Beatle Dresses.
An Apple Dartboard mfg in
Deskset. See Pen Holder under Early Memorabilia and
Pen Holder under Yellow Submarine
An original Beatles Diary mfg in
Scotland in 1965. A vinyl covered booklet with many pages and bios
inside. Original store display box also shown.
The Beatles Disk-Go-Case
Record Carrying Case issued by Charter Industries, USA in 1966. Many
different color plastic holders were made. Brown is the hardest color to
find. Issued with a cardboard record, cardboard hangtag(with small hole)
and a wrap-around paper Beatles Official Disk-Go-Case banner.
A rare promotional poster
advertising the Beatles Disk-Go-Case. Charter Industries, USA, 1966.
A set of 4 Vinyl Blow Up Dolls
from the mid-Sixties, licensed by NEMS Enterprises Ltd. One of each
14" high Beatle
A very rare Beatles
NESTLES' Quik Can - contains the Beatles Blow Up Dolls Set Offer
circa 1966. Chocolate version. Small version 5" tall -
2.8" wide 1.5" thick. Metal top and Bottom. Also exists in
a Strawberry version.
Ringo Doll mfg in Mexico in
the sixties. Also a Paul doll was made. Is marked King Features
The 4" high plastic bobbing
head doll set, hand painted and mfg in Hong Kong in 1964. This set was
also used as cake decorations. This set is not one of the recent remakes
but is an original set from the Sixties! Both
front and back of dolls pictured. These were originally issued
on a cardboard backing card with a blister pack stapled onto the front - These
were called The Swingers Music Set. Most collectors only want the 4"
set on the display card.
The 8" high composition Bobbing
Head Doll Set , hand painted, Licensed by NEMS and mfg by Car Mascots in 1964.
Originals have a Car Mascot circular sticker on the bottom and DO NOT have
numbers impressed into the back of the head. Originals also came in a
very nice purple box with a cellophane window. Second picture shows the
very rare Bobbing Head Promotional Poster, one that's not in many collectors'
The 14" high composition Bobbing
Head Doll Promotional Set , hand painted, Licensed by NEMS and mfg by Car Mascots in 1964.
These large dolls were mfg to be used in store windows to promote the sales of
the 8" dolls in the box. Hard to find a complete set in nice
The Remco Beatles Dolls
mfg in the USA in 1964 by Remco. This set has not been reproduced but the
individual display boxes have. These came in either hard body or soft body
styles. Also shown is a brown cardboard doll box used by mail order
companies to ship the entire set of 4 dolls in. A store display poster is
The Remco Mascot Doll mfg in the USA in
1964. This 29" long cloth doll can be found in either black, brown,
blue or pink cloth. Most collectors want it with it's original cardboard
guitar and cardboard hangtag.
The Beatles Dress mfg in Holland in 1963-1964. Many different styles and patterns available. Highest values go to
dresses that were store-bought as dresses and not hand-made. Some even
have a store-made custom cloth label sewn inside that says The
Beatles Dress in red lettering.
Mastro Industries mfg this toy Drum
in 1964 in the USA. Drum was issued with a metal stand, wooden sticks,
instruction booklet and a large cardboard box. All four Beatles are
featured on the drumskin. See Mastro section for more information on toy
Selcol in the UK made 3 different toy Drums,
each packaged in it's own display box.
Drumsticks were mfg in the
1960's by Ludwig in the USA and Arbitor in the UK.
Original Ringo Starr Drumsticks
actually used in concert.
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