NAME
Farrah Fawcett Poster
LOCATION
The garage at Austin's Burlwood Street HouseRiverside, CA
ASSOCIATED CHARACTERS
Wayne Conrad
Austin Conrad
ABOUT
Austin's father, Wayne Conrad spent hours out in his garage, tinkering on motorcycles.  Part of it was therapy for PTSD, as he had returned from Vietnam a changed man.  Like the garage walls of any self-respecting American gearhead, Wayne’s were covered with girlie posters.  Among these were the iconic 1976 Farrah Fawcett poster, which had probably hung there since it was new, concealing the entrance to Wayne’s (and later Austin’s) hidden vault.
From the pages of Blood Out:

At the back of the garage, a wall of old ship-lap boards spanned the width of the room. Its chipped and scarred surface was plastered with old girlie posters and calendars. A big-haired brunette in a bikini was draped over a Snap-On tool chest on a calendar from 1988. The Budweiser Girls stood in a row with some surfboards. Austin picked his way between the bikes and the lawn mower, grabbing a small LED penlight from the top drawer of the tool box as he went. On the back wall Farrah Fawcett smiled from beneath her feathered golden locks in the dim light. “Evening, Farrah,” Austin said lowly, and lifted the lower corner of her poster to reveal a recessed latch. Austin pulled the latch and swung a 6-foot wide section of the wall outward.

According to Wikipedia: “In 1976, Pro Arts Inc. pitched the idea of a poster of Fawcett to her agent. A photo shoot was then arranged with photographer Bruce McBroom, who was hired by the poster company. According to friend Nels Van Patten, Fawcett styled her own hair and did her makeup without the aid of a mirror. Her blonde highlights were further heightened by a squeeze of lemon juice. Fawcett selected her six favorite pictures from 40 rolls of film, and the choice was eventually narrowed to the one that made her famous. The resulting image of Fawcett in a one-piece red bathing suit is the best-selling poster in history.”

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