As Mary Jane Victor explores Houston’s O.K. Trading Center, one of the art history student’s regular haunts, her eyes fall on something small and ragged. She picks up the small leather object and realizes that this is no ordinary scrapbook. Indeed, on opening the first page, the kaleidoscope of esoteric symbols, newspaper clippings and paintings of curious flying machines tell of a mystery that, almost half a century later, is yet to be unraveled.
The year was 1969, and though psychedelia had already permeated the popular consciousness, Victor had likely never seen anything like these colorful illustrations before. So, sensing the greatness of her discovery, she rushed straight to her employer, Dominique de Menil.