Cosmic Roots & Branches: Mother’s, Mayfest, and Jazz

Mother’s Earth Things

875 East 900 South was a storefront that served as the Cosmic Aeroplane’s second location. After Jack, Sherm, and Steve moved to 369 West South Temple, Linda Huntington and Tamara Buranek started an Alternative custom clothing shop named Mother’s Earth Things at the 9th & 9th Community, and eventually took over the former Cosmic address by coincidence or synchronicity.

Behind the counter circa 1972.

Linda Huntington behind the counter at Mother’s Earth Things, two years after founding the store.

The 9th and 9th Community remained allies of the Cosmic Aeroplane.

(R to L) Linda, Jack, Jill, Steve, Tamara, and Sherm in 1970, near the Union Pacific Depot.

(R to L) Linda, Jack, Jill, Steve, Tamara, and Sherm in 1970, posing near the Union Pacific Depot, in a promotional photo for Linda’s and Tamara’s newly-opened shop — They acquired their timeless vintage clothing from the Terry Davidson Collection in the venerable old Doll Hospital on South State Street.

Linda Huntington was one of the founding partners of May Fest at Westminster College, 17th South and 13th East.

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Mother’s Earth Things under canvas at May Fest circa 1973.

May Fest happened on the grounds of Westminster College from 1970 to 1975, and 1980. This festival also featured musical acts and traditional activities to entertain their ever-expanding audience.

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For more information, read Cosmic Roots & Branches: May Fest Memories

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Mother’s Earth Things, May Fest , and the Jazz scene blended in various ways.

Mayfest poster featuring Joe Muscolino's band -- Photo courtesy of L. Huntington.

May Fest poster featuring Joe Muscolino’s Big Band from 1980 — Photo courtesy of L. Huntington.

Notice Rebecca Terry, the well-dressed singer:

Joe Muscalino Big Band -- The singer's dress was a creation from Mother's Earth Things.

Joe Muscolino Big Band — Singer Rebecca Terry (left), Joe Muscolino (middle-right) on saxophone. Photo by Richard Henley.

More pictures of Ms. Terry:

(Singer) wearing custom creation by Mothers Eart Things circa 1980.

Rebecca Terry onstage (left) and posing in her Indian cut-work lace creation by Mother’s Earth Things (right). Photography by Richard Henley.

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Mother’s Earth Things took on a unique identity with its own elegant style.

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(Left) Cover of Utah Holiday Magazine November 1975; (Right) Page 113 of Utah Holiday Magazine November 1981 Models: Susan Keller (left) and Evelyn Tuddenham — Fashion photography by Bob Bauer.

(Above) Utah Holiday Magazine also published an advertisement about Mother’s Earth Things in 1975. See Cosmic Roots and Branches — The 9th & 9th Community.

The following photos display a range of the custom clothing and accessories in stock at Mothers Earth Things:

(L to R) Modeling by Sandy Anderson, Evelyn Tuddenham, and Sandi Ju -- Photography by George Brown.

 Photography by George Brown.

(Above) Summer wear modeled by Sandy Anderson (left), Evelyn Tuddenham (middle), and Sandi Ju (right).

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Photo from a textured print, courtesy of L. Huntington — Digital restoration by M.E.

(Above) Woven Alpaca hat and Alpaca Ruana — Modeled by Sandi Ju.

Promotional photo courtesy of L. Huntington.

Photo courtesy of L. Huntington.

(Above Left) Abergine embroidered crepe dress with antique Chinese embroidery — Nancy Caravan, model; (Above Right) Japanese happi coat with satin pants by Margie Howard —  Evelyn Tuddenham, model.

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Photo by Barry Gillette — Courtesy of L. Huntington

(Above) Batik dyed gauze skirt and cream peasant blouse modeled by Evelyn Tuddenham.

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Photo courtesy of L. Huntington

(Above) Hand-block printed scarfs, amber beads, Guatemalen belt and kurtas or hand-crochet halter tops, Mother’s Earth Things had clothing for all seasons. Models: Tamara Buranek (left) and Jill Huntington (right).

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Photo courtesy of L. Huntington.

(Above) Alpaca sweater and jacket modeled by Sandy Anderson and Tom Buranek.

Linda Huntington and the iconic logo for Mothers Earth Things.

Linda at work (photo by Ed Greenwood) and the iconic logo for Mother’s Earth Things.

Mother’s Earth Things was in business between 1970 and 1985.

Promotional photo courtesy of Linda Hamilton.

Photo courtesy of L. Huntington.

(Above) The names of five women modeling are (left to right) Carol Williams, Patti, Sandy Anderson, Tamara Buranek, and Evelyn Tuddenham.

Promotional photo courtesy of Linda Huntington.

Photo courtesy of L. Huntington.

(Above) Wool sweater modeled by Sandy Anderson, Alpaca ruana modeled by Jill Huntington, and Guatemalan top and bag modeled by Tamara Buranek.

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Photo courtesy of L. Huntington.

(Above) Sarah Jones modeling fall clothing for Mother’s Earth Things.

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Westminster’s high quality Jazz program spawned a local Jazz Society and various concerts around the mountains and valleys deep into the 1980’s.

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Article courtesy of L. Huntington

Linda served on the Board of Directors for the Jazz Society until 1985, and closed Mother’s Earth Things that same year.

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Read the entire issue of Jazz Voice Volume 3 Number 11 (March/April 1985)
(Please wait for the PDF file to open.)

Jazz Voices Volume 3 Number 11 Spring 1985

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Michael has lived in Montana, Washington State (East and West), Holland, and England, but he was born in Salt Lake City, and graduated from the University of Utah.
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One Response to Cosmic Roots & Branches: Mother’s, Mayfest, and Jazz

  1. Evelyn Tuddenham says:

    Ahhhh…Those were the days! Love this trip down memory lane. I’ve been thinking lately that we were the real thing back in the day — in the land of Salt — but the real thing none the less. I had friends in LA in the 70’s who used to come to SLC to do their Christmas Shopping at the Cosmic Aeroplane because there was nothing quite like it in their world. I miss the feeling of freedom and the creativity that was so much a part of the Cosmic, in all its locations, as well as the old 9th & 9th community and Mother’s Earth Things. Thanks again for putting this together.

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