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A Crocker Christmas: 1925

A Crocker Christmas: 1925

        Before getting to all those department stores, Santa has to hit the bank. Leave your checkbook at home, but bring the kids!

December 1925. "Christmas tree and Santa Claus at Crocker National Bank, Post & Montgomery Streets, San Francisco." 8x10 nitrate negative, formerly of the Wyland Stanley and Marilyn Blaisdell collections. View full size.

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The look on the men's faces totally says" Gawd I need a drink"

Big Bang

It must have been a really big bang!

Hats Off

Not a gentleman wearing a hat indoors, and that's the way it was - (back then).


Assuming that this bank is named for the same Crocker who built the eponymous Crocker spite fence on Nob Hill, I’d like to offer its malevolent memory on balance to the Christmas cheer his descendants seem to be spreading here (and who, I believe, maintained the fence after his passing). Happy Holidays!


So, one happy face near the tree looking left. A series of shocked open mouths on the lower right. A man looking at a woman doing a face-palm over on the right about half way up. What did that photographer say? What did he do?

Tour de force

What a challenge! Herd every one into a cohesive group, get their attention and fire off the flash powder for a technically outstanding exposure. Those commercial photographers of the early twentieth century leave me in awe. And kudos to Dave for the scan and final result here.

Dear Santa

Instead of toys, could you please bring me another sailor suit?

Now Wells Fargo

The Crocker National Bank building, designed by Willis Polk (1867-1924), used to have an 11-story office tower above it, which was removed in 1983.

The interior has a carved marble staircase along with more marble benches and counters. It was used as the location for the 1962 film "Experiment in Terror" starring Glenn Ford and Lee Remick.

Some pictures of the interior.

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