In 1964, film maker, Bruce Brown, released The Endless Summer, universally considered to be the most iconic surf movie ever made. If you were alive at the time, it is likely you’ve seen the movie and remember the music.
A true cultural phenomenon, The Endless Summer generated an immense wave of interest worldwide and propelled the explosion of surfing around the world. And, as a bookmark to the amazing cultural changes it wrought, the original film now resides in the Smithsonian National Museum.
To commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the national release of The Endless Summer in 1966, Dana Brown, son of Bruce Brown, set out to capture the moment with a collection of memorabilia direct from the Bruce Brown’s archives. Inspired by a concept submission presented to Bruce Brown by Manuel Serra Sera, Designer, Valencia, Spain, Bruce Brown contracted with Sera to complete his design and to expand the anniversary collection to include iconic photographs, memorabilia and ephemera from the era.
The complete collection includes: a black cloth-wrapped clamshell, with a tip-on of the iconic image of three surfers and their boards on the beach at sunset, designed by John Van Hamersveld, and reproduced in three Day-Glo inks and dense black, just as the original posters were produced.
The clamshell features a 244pp hard cover book, including 18 foldouts, 10 translucent map pages and a fly sheet, bound with cased covers and Torrid Orange Chinese binding with an orange grosgrain ribbon bookmark. In addition to the featured Endless Summer book, the collection contains: 3 flip motion books, 2 legal envelopes containing 10 historic letters, 1 photo envelope containing 6 photographs and 2 letters, 1 ticket envelope containing 4 ticket reproductions and a folder containing 2 posters and a world map.
The collection also includes an actual archived filmstrip (5 frames) from the original film print, machine cut and individually numbered by Iron Mountain, encased in a unique filmstrip holder, magnetically mounted for easy removal, to the inside of the clamshell. The collection is enhanced by a unique 2-sided medallion decorated with an iconic image of Bruce Brown etched in 3 dimensions into the face of the medallion. A DVD-9 of the original film rounds out the collection.
The Clamshell Box is sequentially numbered, identifying the limited extent of this collection… 1,966 in total, a tribute to the year the film released. Each book is individually signed by Bruce Brown, Robert August and Mike Hynson and includes a hand-signed certificate of authenticity and biographies of the film-maker, actors/surfers and iconic poster designer, John Van Hamersveld.