Replica of Beatles' 'Mr. Kite' Ad Re-Creates Inspiration for Song

John Lennon bought the 1843 circus poster in an antique store

August 15, 2013 4:05 PM ET
Re-creation of the original Mr. Kite circus poster
Re-creation of the original Mr. Kite circus poster.
Courtesy of Peter Dean

The Beatles' inspiration for a track on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band now lives on in a re-created, limited-edition poster. Designer and artist Peter Dean has produced 1,967 prints of the poster that prompted John Lennon and Paul McCartney to write "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" Lennon originally bought the circus poster, which dates back to 1843, in an antique shop; many of the song's lyrics were from the letterpress-printed piece.

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Dean says he utilized antique wooden and metal type, as well as specially-commissioned wood engravings for his re-creations. Each is number and hand-pulled on a Victorian press. For more information, visit the project's website.

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