The new $110 million dollar Walt Disney Family museum recently opened in San Francisco. Disney's personal autograph is one of the most desirable and valuable for autograph collectors. Although he signed many autographs himself up until his death in 1966, the famous signature that became the Disney company logo was usually signed by a handful of expert Disney artists like Hank Porter or Bob Moore. I'm fortunate to have gotten a personal inscription from the man himself on a 1958 publicity photo. I didn't meet him in person but my cousin was secretary to the mayor of San Francisco and when Disney came to S.F. to visit the mayor in 1958 she had him sign the photo for me.
These surviving choirboy candles have been in the family for over 70 years. Produced by the Gurley Novelty Co. in 1939 under the brand name Tavern Candles they were commissioned by the Socony-Vacuum Oil Co. to use excess paraffin produced as a by-product of the oil refining process. Socony (Standard Oil Company of New York)-Vaccum later changed it's name to Mobil Oil and today is known as ExxonMobil.
Charles Bronson TV series that aired from 1958-1960. I remember watching it then....just got it on DVD. He played Mike Kovac, former WWII combat photographer now free-lancing in New York City. He's usually shown with a Speed Graphic or a Leica....the shot on the box shows him with a Kodak Duaflex IV (hardly a camera for a pro). Good actor and good show.
So many photos that never got around to being printed...or seen in 30 years. Some of my old negatives (including these) were lost due to a matter of my own doing. I was able to scan the surviving contact sheet and, thanks to the internet now being the virtual photo gallery, all is not lost.
French couple in outdoor cafe, Berkeley, Ca., 1980
The Duesenberg.....a true work of American art. Here's a video of this '34 SJ .
Some local bowling alley vintage fifties architecture. The first one has been demolished, the middle sign has been replaced with a modern one, and the third one is still standing.
The last Doggie Diner head left standing in San Francisco. The iconic diner chain at one time had over two dozen locations from the sixties until they closed in the mid-eighties. The doggie head would rotate on a pole above each diner . There are a few surviving heads owned by private collectors. This one was restored in 2001. I took this shot in 2002 when it was still in front of the Carousel diner across from the S.F. Zoo. Now the Carousel is closed and the head has been moved a few blocks away.
© Joseph Greco