The Cosmic Aeroplane first opened its doors in June 1967 near the corner of Ninth East and Ninth South in Salt Lake City:
1967 was known for the “Summer of Love,” and the rapid spread of an alternative culture known as “The Movement.”
Among their early friends was popular late night disc-jockey Michael G. Kavanagh, who mentioned this very hip shop in the context of his own visit to Haight/Ashbury during 1967’s Summer of Love, and while he was playing the latest music out of San Francisco on AM and FM Radio in the hours after midnight.
I thought there should be a place where you could get underground papers, cigarette papers, jewelry, that kind of thing , said Steve Jones. Posters were a big thing at the beginning …
The Cosmic Aeroplane sold Underground Newspapers like the “San Francisco Oracle,” the exact same things people were reading in the still-active Haight-Ashbury, and around the San Francisco Bay.
They also stocked Radical Literature, plus other newspapers like the Berkeley Barb, East Village Other, Detroit and L.A. Free Press ( AKA “Freep” )
(Above) Sherm Clow told how the original Cosmic Aeroplane acquired a number of promotional rolling paper packets from a now-unknown wholesale company — each blank cardboard dispenser contained about a dozen delicate leaves. Sherm and Steve used the Cosmic’s rubber stamp to turn them into business cards.
The Cosmic Areoplane advertised in the Daily Utah Chronicle at the University of Utah:
From FLASH — a mimeographed underground ‘Zine, distributed FREE:
After the Cosmic Aeroplane moved to a larger space near the Union Pacific Depot, the district around the corner of Ninth East and Ninth South evolved into an area of so-called Alternative shops that served people who valued culture outside of “the mainstream” for over two more generations, and continues to do so in the 21st Century.
(Thanks to Steve Jones for the microfilm scans from the Marriott Library)
Sherm and Steve also published The Electric News when the Cosmic Aeroplane was at this location — See & Read: Electric News Archive
The Cosmic Aeroplane also placed advertisements in the Electric News.
Peter Brandt — Artist and Musician:
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