Joseph Selle - Fox Movie Flash

Sequence of Rolls Scanned 2003-2011


Part I

 

With support from Mr. Irv Schankman, on September 11, 2003, 12 rolls of film selected at random were digitized at Postworks in New York City. Over 19,000 digital images resulted from one morning's scanning. This material has been subsequently analyzed and utilized in a variety of creative and research projects by Chris Burnett, Dave Mount, Rennie Pritikin, Jack Tillmany, Elisabeth Tonnard, and myself. Some rolls have yielded their riches more easily than others. Some are just frankly more interesting than others. We seldom know much about the "who, what, when, where, why, how" differences from one roll to another. Does a roll that is mostly fuzzy, people out of synch and generally muddy imply something about the skill of the photographer, the mental state of the photographer, the prevailing mood owing to the weather, other factors, all of the above? Discoveries continue to emerge - often by surprise.

 

Part I - Roll A - Market St., Pix Theatre - ca 1960 Introduction

Part I - Roll B - Market St., Pix Theatre - ca 1960 Introduction ca April-June 1961 date per Tillmany "Never on Sunday"

Part I - Roll C - Union Square     Introduction Zoomable Mosaic Thumbnail pages 3-11 from Cliff House - no date

Part I - Roll D - Market St., Union Square, ca 1961 Introduction Zoomable Mosaic

Part I - Roll E - Market St., Union Square, ca Fall 1956 Introduction

Part I - Roll F - Market St., Union Square, September 28, 1956 Date per newspaper headline.

Part I - Roll G - Market St., Union Square

Part I - Roll H - Market St. - Pix Theatre at Night - Fall 1963 Notes & Analysis

Part I - Roll I - Market St.

Part I - Roll J - Market St.

Part I - Roll K - Market St.

Part I - Roll L - Market St.

 

Part II

 

With support from Mr. Phil Kates, beginning in March 2009 an even larger selection of rolls have been digitized. In the intervening six years, digital scanning technology has become more available such that we can now do the scanning right here in Rochester at the Eastman Kodak Company. We benefit now from better/faster/cheaper to the extent that the resources currently available may well allow us to digitize about 20-25% of this enormous collection. Part I accomplished less than 1%.

 

Part II - Roll A - Union Square, some Cliff House (pg 13-15) - ca 1950s

Part II - Roll B - California State Fair Sacramento - ca 1950s **

Part II - Roll C - Union Square - June 1955 Notes & Analysis **

Part II - Roll D - Union Square, some Cliff House (pg 5-9) - ca 1950s **

 

 

Part III - Scanned April 2009   (These rolls were spliced together "tails out" rendering the sequencing within each roll chronologically backwards.)

 

Part III - Roll A - Union Square, January 1955 per Jack Tillmany's identification of "Silver Chalice" at St. Francis Theatre.

Part III - Roll B - Union Square, date waiting for Jack

Part III - Roll CD - Union Square, December 1959 per Jack Tillmany's identification of "Never So Few" at Loew's.

Part III - Roll E - Union Square, some Cliff House (pg 5-9) - Fall 1960 per   JFK campaign poster   JFK campaign worker   Nixon voter

Part III - Roll F - Union Square - Summer 1955 per Jack Tillmany's identification of "To Catch a Thief" at St. Francis Theatre marquee.

Part III - Roll G - Union Square - Powell & Geary - April 14, 1954 per newspaper headline: (Carl Bobo Ols)on Floors (Joey) Maxim in ...Easy Win The boxing match took place at San Francisco's Cow Palace April 13, 1954. Very shaky photography on much of this roll.

Part III - Roll H - Union Square - October 1955 - tentative date. When was the Lani shipwreck and the ousting of Viet Emperor?

Part III - Roll I - Union Square - Aug-Sept 1960 based on Jack Tillmany's analysis of movie theatre marquees.

 

 

Part IV - Scanned Fall 2010

 

Part IV - Roll A - Market St. - Cliff House   Unidentified Fox Movie Flash colleague outside of Woolworths.

Part IV - Roll C - Market St. - Pix Theatre at Night - late Fall 1956 per Jack Tillmany's identification of "Flaming Teenage" on Esquire Theatre marquee.

Part IV - Roll D - Market St. - Pix Theatre at Night - late Fall 1956 per Jack Tillmany's identification of "Flaming Teenage" on Esquire Theatre marquee.

Part IV - Roll E - Market St. - Pix Theatre Late Winter afternoon & evening with flash, ca 1960

Part IV - Roll F - Market St. - mixed day and night, reverse chronology (roll was scanned tails out) - Mid-March 1961 per Jack Tillmany's identification of "The Savage Eye" & "Private Property" on Esquire Marquee.

Part IV - Roll G - Market St. - Pix Theatre Late Winter afternoon with flash, ca 1960

Part IV - Roll H - Market St. - Pix Theatre Late Winter afternoon with flash, ca 1960

Part IV - Roll I - Pix Theatre

Part IV - Roll J - Pix Theatre at night - Winter

Part IV - Roll K - Pix Theatre, several afternoons into evenings - Winter

Part IV - Roll L - Pix Theatre, all night

Part IV - Roll M - Market St. - Pix Theatre Late Winter afternoon with flash

Part IV - Roll N - Market St., Pix - multiple days and nights

Part IV - Roll O - Union Square, Cliff House - pages 7-10 (end)

Part IV - Roll P - Union Square, Cliff House - pages 15-18 - back to Union Square

Part IV - Roll Q - Union Square, Maiden Lane (incl Frank Lloyd Wright facade) - Easter Season ???

Part IV - Roll R - Very Short segment - Union Square

Part IV - Roll S - Cliff House (pages 1-3, 29-35), Union Square (AMA convention), June 1954 per Jack Tillmany's identification of "The Living Desert" and "Beachhead" at the Esquire Theatre.

Part IV - Roll T - Full Roll - Union Square

Part IV - Roll U - Fresno District Fair, unknown year

Part IV - Roll V - Union Square, Cliff House (pages 4-6), unknown year

Part IV - Roll W - Fresno District Fair, unknown year

Part IV - Roll X - Market St., Pix Theatre, flash at night - short roll

Part IV - Roll Y - Market St., Pix Theatre, flash at night

Part IV - Roll Z - Market St., Pix Theatre, late afternoon, night - Winter

Part IV - Roll AA - Short Roll - Cliff House (page 1 only), Market St

Part IV - Roll BB - Union Square, Cliff House (page 11-15)

Part IV - Roll CC - Market St at Flood Bldg, F.W. Woolworth

Part IV - Roll DD - California State Fair - Sacramento

 

 

Part V - Scanned Spring 2011

Part V - Roll A - Market St, Pix Theatre - NIGHT - mid-late November 1958 per Jack Tillmany's identification of Evening Examiner headline announcing Cal's Win over Washington 12-7 (played November 15, 1958). Also see King Creole & Hot Rod Gang at the Esquire 2nd week of November 1958, and The Big Country & The Naked & the Dead 3rd week of November 1958.

Part V - Roll B - Market St, Pix Theatre - NIGHT

Part V - Roll C - Fresno District Fair - at Night - no date

Part V - Roll D - Union Square - Macy's - in the rain - short, no date

Part V - Roll E - Market St, Pix Theatre - NIGHT - Fall 1960 per JFK and Nixon supporters.

Part V - Roll F - Market St, Pix Theatre - NIGHT - November 1960 per Jack Tillmany's identification of "The Magnificent Seven" at the Esquire Theatre.

Part V - Roll F1 - California State Fair, Sacramento

Part V - Roll G - Union Square

Part V - Roll H - Market Street

Part V - Roll I - Union Square - Maiden Lane, ca 1962 per Seattle World's Fair sign.

Part V - Roll J - Union Square, ca April 1963 per headline reference to loss of Thresher submarine.   Also, many of Wright's V.C. Morris Gift Shop   at 140 Maiden Lane.

Part V - Roll K - Union Square

Part V - Roll L - Union Square, Cliff House, back to Union Square   Sunday SF Chronicle headline Whose "Wild Wedding"?

Part V - Roll M - Union Square, Cliff House - 1962   1962 Demolition of State (previously California) Theatre located at 4th & Market (info per Jack Tillmany)

Part V - Roll N - Union Square, Cliff House, back to Union Square, 2nd trip to Cliff House & return - 1962, Fall/Winter   Bullock & Jones "109th year" awning and they were founded in 1853.

Part V - Roll O - Union Square, Cliff House

Part V - Roll P - Union Square, Cliff House

Part V - Roll Q - Union Square, Cliff House

Part V - Roll R - Union Square, tourists on Jefferson St/Fisherman's Wharf pages 27-32

Part V - Roll S - Union Square, Cliff House - beautiful Winter (?) light

Part V - Roll T - Union Square, Cliff House

Part V - Roll U - Market St, night roll, photographer Bud Selle on first frame, ca 1954

Part V - Roll V - Geary & Powell, ca 1962-63   Headline: Russ OK Ban on H Bomb Tests

Part V - Roll W - Fresno District Fair, Night   Flash equipped Fox Movie Flash colleague with rig

Part V - Roll X - Market St, night roll, ca March/April 1957 per Jack Tillmany's identification of "King & I" at Esquire

Part V - Roll Y - Market St, multiple days, very shaky photographer

Part V - Roll Z - Fresno District Fair   Fox Movie Flash colleagues - Bud Selle on right

** Gift of David T. Warren and John Law.

All other rolls gift of Joseph Selle.

 

 



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