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I photographed Russell Knott smiling at the 400 pound head named the Goddess of Progress at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California in May of 1975. It once adorned the top of San Francisco's city hall before the earthquake of 1906. Russell told me that he purchased several cable cars from San Francisco in the early 1950's at an auction and one of the transactions included the iron head. William C. Roddy, an assistant of Mayor Joseph Alioto, wrote Russell for the return of the head to be displayed for San Francisco 1976 bicentennial celebration. I used my trusty workhorse of a camera the Nikon F with a fixed 24mm lens and Kodak Tri-X 35mm film. View full size.