Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The Work of Tea Lautrec Litho


Tea Lautrec Litho was one of the those San Francisco Bay Area places that has been lost to history by most. The Haight Street Art Center in San Francisco has a great exhibit to educate people on how influential Tea Lautrec Litho  was to Bay Area history.

Tea Lautrec Litho was founded by Levon Mosgofian who was a master printer who spent over five decades in the business. 

Here is some of his early work done by Mosgofian before he founded Tea Lautrec Litho:

A drawing Mosgofian did while in the Service

After Tea Lautrec Litho was found, it became known for printing those great rock posters of the late 60's-early 70's during the vibrant San Francisco music scene of that era:

He printed over 200 posters for the great concert promoter Bill Graham:

A letter from Graham to Mosgofian thanking him. 

Tea Lautrec Litho printed so many other things besides rock posters:

This one was so iconic for people growing up in my era in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you had a hoodie or sweatshirt you were so cool.

This was a poster created for Mosgofian for his 70th birthday in 1977:

Sadly.  Tea Lautrec Litho closed in 1994 after Levon Mosgofian passed away in San Francisco that same year, taking a part of San Francisco's colorful history with it. 


  1. Really interesting post Patrick - so much variety and artistry in these posters.

  2. Thank you for sharing this interesting history and Mosgofian's artwork with #weekendcoffeeshare.

  3. What a fascinating place! I always got into Pink Floyd covers.


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