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Button 086: Krupp Mail Order 1971-1981


Button 086: Krupp Mail Order 1971-1981
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    86. Krupp Mail Order 1971-1981.

    Krupp Mail Order began as a modest backroom operation in Krupp's Strickly Uppa Crust retail store in Milwaukee (see button #3A). It steadily grew as advertising in Kitchen Sink's comix line, Rolling Stone, High Times and other publications expanded the mailing list. KMO was essentially a "head shop by mail," offering a full line of underground comix, pipes, bongs, counterculture T-shirts and the like to an audience that either had no access to a head shop or was too embarrassed to be seen going inside. By 1981 it was a Boulder CO based spin-off of the Krupp Comic Works "conglomerate," operated by Denis Kitchen's one-time partner Tyler Lantzy and his wife Terre. The slick KMO catalogs frequently featured custom color covers by underground cartoonists like Kitchen, Peter Poplaski, Peter Loft, Howard Cruse, Bill Griffith, Justin Green and John Pound. Three buttons were created to celebrate the mail order company's 10th anniversary. On this one Poplaski created a new character, Steve Krupp Jr., the dope-smoking derelict hippie son of the company's "founder."

    2.25 inch diameter. $3.00

    One note, for serious button collectors, you may want to read the KSP BUTTON TEXT which explains the numbering systems for identifying the various buttons produced over the last 30 years, or see the COMPLETE KSP BUTTON LIST. The list is VERY long, so be patient while it loads.


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    Button 086: Krupp Mail Order 1971-1981

    86. Krupp Mail Order 1971-1981.

    Krupp Mail Order began as a modest backroom operation in Krupp's Strickly Uppa Crust retail store in Milwaukee (see button #3A). It steadily grew as advertising in Kitchen Sink's comix line, Rolling Stone, High Times and other publications expanded the mailing list. KMO was essentially a "head shop by mail," offering a full line of underground comix, pipes, bongs, counterculture T-shirts and the like to an audience that either had no access to a head shop or was too embarrassed to be seen going inside. By 1981 it was a Boulder CO based spin-off of the Krupp Comic Works "conglomerate," operated by Denis Kitchen's one-time partner Tyler Lantzy and his wife Terre. The slick KMO catalogs frequently featured custom color covers by underground cartoonists like Kitchen, Peter Poplaski, Peter Loft, Howard Cruse, Bill Griffith, Justin Green and John Pound. Three buttons were created to celebrate the mail order company's 10th anniversary. On this one Poplaski created a new character, Steve Krupp Jr., the dope-smoking derelict hippie son of the company's "founder."

    2.25 inch diameter. $3.00

    One note, for serious button collectors, you may want to read the KSP BUTTON TEXT which explains the numbering systems for identifying the various buttons produced over the last 30 years, or see the COMPLETE KSP BUTTON LIST. The list is VERY long, so be patient while it loads.

    $3.00