Fanzini: A Brief History of the John Dowd Fanny Club - John Jack Baylin

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Fanzini: A Brief History of the John Dowd Fanny Club - John Jack Baylin

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A Brief History of the John Dowd Fanny Club, recopied from the Anals of Bum Bank for Vince Aletti.

[8.5” x 11”] Unbound, 3 leaves with envelop. Offset. Very good condition. 

From the mind of Count Fanzini, known principally as the collector of a vast trove of images of butts, comes this brief history of the organization known as “The John Dowd Fanny Club,” which despite what is ostensibly a three-page explanation, becomes no less clear as this letter progresses. The “Fanny Club,” an offshoot of Fanzini’s Bum Bank, was originally called simply The John Dowd Fanclub after New York artist and bartender John Dowd.  Ray Johnson, however, a longtime friend of Fanzini, altered the name to the John Dowd Fanny Club.

The author of this letter, Fanzini, ne John Jack Baylin, was a member of the Canadian mail-art coterie that included little-known visionaries like Anna Banana and Image bank, as well as a well-known innovator in early zine creation whose publications combined gay porn and detourned advertising. He was a frequent correspondent of Ray Johnson, and active in the 1970’s world of correspondence.

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