From my collection comes some items one received after joining the Monkees Fan Club. Here's a button, membership card, and pen. Alas, the pen is out of ink!
Here's a closer look at the membership card:
A big thanks to Monkees author and collector Ed Reilly for sharing a great piece from his personal collection. This is the extremely rare postcard sent out by The Monkees' fan club in early 1970, urging fans to get behind what turned out to be the group's last original single, "Oh My My." The Monkees' fanbase had shrunk considerably by this time, and the song received limited airplay and suffered even worse sales figures. Debuting on the Billboard chart on June 6, 1970 at #99, it peaked at #98 the following week.
Note how the song is mistitled in the body of the postcard's message (as "Oh My, Oh My"). Thanks again, Ed!
If you wrote to Nez in the mid-1980s during the second wave of Monkeemania, this is the postcard you received back via the Pacific Arts Corporation.
If you wrote Peter in 1989, this is the postcard (with a brief message on the back) that one would receive in return.
I received this photo when I joined a Monkees fan club at some point in the mid-1980s. In those days I wondered when and where this picture was taken. Though I'm not sure what city, the photo was actually snapped coming off an airplane during the promotional tour before the debut of the television show in September 1966. Anyone know the city, by chance?
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