The 7th & final Beatles’ Christmas flexi disc issued in Christmas 1969 to British fan club members.
While the 1963 -1967 flexi discs were all accompanied by fan club newsletters ( ’63 was printed inside the cover) – the final two didn’t have them. Some, but not all, copies of ’68 included a Superpix series B order form….
The ‘correct’ inserts for ’69 has puzzled collectors for years. Record Collector maintained that there were 2 inserts….While the extremely scarce order form for Alan Aldridge’s “The Beatles An Illustrated Record” was known – the 2nd insert was a mystery until a copy sold on eBay (for £560+) containing an otherwise unseen 2 page letter from Fan club secretary Freda Kelly. The letter apologised to fans who received their flexi in January and gave an additional updates on each Beatle including John & Yoko’s War is Over campaign.
IMO the Aldridge inserts ran out long before copies were mailed out in early January ’70 containing the 2 page letter. However Discogs has recently stated that there was a 3rd insert -the Superpix series ‘C’ order form. Superpix set ‘C’ form was part of the summer ’69 fan club package mailed-out in June ’69 along with the 3rd exclusive fan-club poster. While it’s possible that left over order forms could have been included with some copies of the 69′ flexi – (the letter refers to sets being left in stock), I’ve never come across one included in my 40+ years of collecting experience.
Whereas the ink rubbed off the printed labels on the ’68 flexis – by ’69 Lyntone had worked out a more permanent formula…
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