Here's a Treasure Trove of Vintage Numbers Art

Numbers Halloween Party flyer, 1988. Note upcoming appearance by Ministry.
Numbers Halloween Party flyer, 1988. Note upcoming appearance by Ministry.
All images (unless specified) courtesy of Marcus Pontello/Friday I'm In Love

Tomorrow night at Numbers, the producers of the documentary-in-progress Friday I'm In Love are encouraging supporters of the hallowed Montrose club to come on down, where they'll be interviewing couples and individuals about their experiences with the very timely subject of love, presumably as it relates to Numbers (but you never know). Meet them on the patio between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. and share with them your "loveliness." Then stay to dance.

As we told you recently, there will be no film if the Kickstarter campaign to cover the filmmakers' estimated expenses doesn't meet its goal of $40,000 by March 6. Spearheaded by director Marcus Pontello and producer Jeromy Barber, it got off to a fast start, with $10K in its first week, but Pontello says the team could use another shot of momentum. Another fundraiser is scheduled for March 22 at Double Trouble next to the Continental Club.

The story of Numbers, which under various names (but mostly #'s) has kept Houstonians dancing for more than three and a half decades, is of course a musical tale. However, the photographs, club flyers, posters and other Numbers-related art is probably second to none when it comes to visual paraphrenalia associated with a local nightclub. The filmmakers were kind enough to share a few pieces of art from the film with us, and we also asked Houston poster artist supreme Uncle Charlie to send over a few of his finest creations. Thanks to him and the Friday producers for pitching in...now it's your turn. Enjoy!

Numbers dance floor, 1986
Numbers dance floor, 1986
Photo by Chip Kornrumpf
A 1988 ad for Numbers that appeared in Houston's Public News. The photos were taken by longtime Numbers owner Robert "Robot" Burtenshaw, who passed away in 2013.
A 1988 ad for Numbers that appeared in Houston's Public News. The photos were taken by longtime Numbers owner Robert "Robot" Burtenshaw, who passed away in 2013.
1988 Public News ad touting Skinny Puppy, the Bangles and Hothouse Flowers
1988 Public News ad touting Skinny Puppy, the Bangles and Hothouse Flowers

More photos on the next page.

 

Previous owner George Wren (right) and an unidentified man hang Numbers' disco ball in 1978.
Previous owner George Wren (right) and an unidentified man hang Numbers' disco ball in 1978.
Girl dancing, mid-1980s
Girl dancing, mid-1980s
Photo by Joe de Hoyos
One of Numbers' previous incarnations c. 1981, Club Babylon
One of Numbers' previous incarnations c. 1981, Club Babylon
Photographer unknown
Ad from "This Week In Texas" advertising Numbers' grand opening, 1978
Ad from "This Week In Texas" advertising Numbers' grand opening, 1978
Red Hot Chili Peppers ad, 1984
Red Hot Chili Peppers ad, 1984
Cramps poster, 1995
Cramps poster, 1995
Poster by Uncle Charlie

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Revolting Cocks Public News ad, 1988
Revolting Cocks Public News ad, 1988
Another Public News ad from 1988; more photos by Burtenshaw
Another Public News ad from 1988; more photos by Burtenshaw
New Year's Eve flyer, 1986
New Year's Eve flyer, 1986
Poster for Sonic Youth's "Washing Machine" tour, 1995
Poster for Sonic Youth's "Washing Machine" tour, 1995
Courtesy of Uncle Charlie
Love & Rockets/Dandy Warhols, 1996
Love & Rockets/Dandy Warhols, 1996
Courtesy of Uncle Charlie
Stereolab poster, 2000
Stereolab poster, 2000
Courtesy of Uncle Charlie

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