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Newsstand Noir: 1957

Newsstand Noir: 1957

My brother snapped this 35mm Kodak Tri-X negative as a former high school classmate left (Fled? Took it on the lam?) from this newsstand at 1241 Fourth Street in San Rafael, California. At the time this was one of two newsstands downtown. That was in addition to Montgomery Ward, J.C. Penney, Macy's plus all the other kinds of stores that made San Rafael the major shopping spot for Marin Country - that is, until shopping centers started popping up a few years later.

If I didn't know better, I'd think that guy might have been Elvis. View full size.

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Elvis confusion

I have to agree with your comment about Elvis; at first glance I thought it was him too. I don't doubt it will eventually find its way into the fan circles misconstrued as a long-lost unreleased candid. Cool pic nonetheless.

Body language

That looks like the pose taken by my high school pals when leaving a store that had sold beer to the underaged. You know, hiding it under the coattail as if nobody would notice it or him. Saw it a hundred times, hehe.

Parking meters

Don't know about whitewall tires, barber poles or typewriters, let alone Elvis, but downtown San Rafael is still loaded with parking meters. No Cool Hand Lukes roaming around lopping them off with a pipe cutter though.

2 things you don't see anymore

Parking meters
White wall tires
Barber poles

[And then some. -tterrace]

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