Cambridge, MA: Avatar Incorporated, Publisher, 1968. Tabloid. Good. Item #012990
Side folding tabloid newspaper format. Approximately 17 ½ by 11 ¾ inches. 28 pp. Illustrations throughout, including photos of Mel Lyman and other presumed members of his group (including a centerfold photo). Boston based underground newspaper. Avatar was founded in 1967 by Mel Lyman and his followers at the Fort Hill Community, or Lyman Family, a counterculture commune (or cult, depending on perspective) in the Roxbury area of Boston. Besides publishing the usual counterculture perspective on local and national news, the newspaper also served as a mouthpiece for Lyman's and the Fort Hill Community's philosophy: a quasi-religious and mystical thought drawing on Lyman's unique view of astrological, spiritual and occult history. Mel Lyman originally gained fame as a folk musician. Many columns espousing the views of Mel Lyman, letters, astrology etc. GOOD condition. Horizontal fold crease present. Minor faint foxing/spotting to the covers. General toning and minor soiling. Moderate toning along the fold. Minor wrinkling and creasing. A few small tears along the extremities.