Mythical Woodstock Rarity Unearthed

Created as a protest sign, a fascinating relic of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair has been recovered from the the mud behind a barn where it laid face down for nearly forty years. Hand painted in red on a stamped metal tabletop, typically found in a 1950's era kitchen, it is prominently shown in several displays at the Museum at Bethel Woods.

With this sign, erected alongside route 17B, a disgruntled neighbor was trying to rally local residents to vote down Max Yasgur's land lease deal with Woodstock Ventures at the next Town Zoning Board meeting. There was a small cardboard sign affixed to the tabletop which read "Buy No Milk" because Max operated one of the largest dairy farms in Sullivan County. He was known as conservative and mild mannered, but he wanted to help bridge the generation gap that had developed during the turbulent decades of the late sixties. The sign infuriated him, as he took offense to the derogatory term "hippy" to describe the fair's attendees, and quite possibly was the ultimate catalyst in steeling his determination to go forward with his gentleman's agreement, sealed with a handshake, and host what became the generational touchstone known forever after as The Woodstock Festival.

A photograph of this mythical rarity was included with the article copied below, which was published on July 22, 1969 - a little more than three weeks before the advertised event was to begin.

The tabletop, now sandwiched safely between two panes of Lexan Lucite, can be seen exclusively at my website Mud2Museum, created to exhibit a few remarkable objects related to the Woodstock Festival and destined to be added to the permanent collection of the Museum at Bethel Woods.