September 23rd, 2010
Second in my new “What’s Old Has Soul” series showcasing (and archiving for insurance and history) my old junk at my old haunted house….
Here’s a couple more pieces of art from my “collection.” By the way, does using the words “pieces” and “collection” make me sound more sophisticated? Don’t worry, I still know i’m really an idiot, haha.
This is a huge piece (5′ tall by about 2.5′ wide) that hung in the original old San Francisco Ferry Building beginning in the early 1930′s. There’s an old note on it that says “Off for the Kloudike. Excelsior leaving San Francisco, July 27, 1897. First steamer to leave for the new goldfields after word had come of the discovery.” So, it’s obviously gold rush related.
Here’s a picture of the famous building it came out, which is now the SF Ferry Building Marketplace:
Next, we have two ultra rare original lithographs made in 1908 (same year as our house was built) of the entire WWI fleet in SF Harbor. My favorite part is that the Golden Gate bridge does not exist in these, and the old city looks great:
This piece is about 5 feet wide x 1 foot tall.
This piece is about 3 feet wide by 1 foot tall.
Lastly for today, we have some cool Helck pieces. Peter Helck (1893-1988) was born in NYC in 1893 and studied art at the Art Students League in Manhattan. From the 20s-40′s he was a successful magazine illustrator and advertising artist. In the 1940′s he did a series of paintings / prints for Esquire magazine, in which he recreated the excitement of automobile races from the first decades of the 20th century.
My favorite depicts the 1915 400 mile International Grand Prix held in San Francisco, as part of the Panama-Pacific Exposition. This is Dario Resta, the winner, driving his 5.6L Peugeot (#6:)
We picked up all this stuff from estate sales. The SF Ferry building piece was kinda pricey, but the rest were like “i’ll give ya 10 bucks” or so great deals. Pretty special, rare junk….. that i love.
DISCLAIMER: Come here and try to steal our shit and security will be detected via technological measures and enforced via barbaric measures. Things would not be clean or pretty for either side, so if you’re a crook– please go crookin’ somewhere else. Thank you and God Bless.
Until next time…
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