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Pine & Second: 1943

Pine & Second: 1943

February 1943. "Daytona Beach, Florida, street scene." Photo by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information; Photobomb by Humphrey Bogart. View full size.


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Ritz Theatre, Evelyn Fain's Restaurant

According the Daytona Beach, Fla, city directories from 1939 through 1944 (the ones I checked), the Ritz Theatre stood on the corner of Second and Pine. That would be the substantial building sporting the poster for the Bogart movie, Across the Pacific. The same directories list Evelyn Fain as having a restaurant at 582 Second Av. Her last name is sometimes "Fain" and sometimes (as in this photo) "Fann." She lived around the corner on Pine St. Don't know which McGill sold fish. Cicero McGill was a shoe shiner at 580 Second Av. (next to Evelyn Fann's business).

And today:

So, based on the Daytona Times updated photo, "driving" along with Google Street View, this now looks to be the intersection of Bethune Blvd. and Green St. in Daytona Beach.

Bogart poster

Today, that Bogart photobomb would go for thousands of dollars. Just the regular one-sheet poster in reasonable shape goes for close to a thousand. The movie reunited many of the principals from The Maltese Falcon for an anti-Japanese war film.

Now Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd.

During last year's exhibition of Gordon Parks' photos of the Midway Neighborhood in Daytona Beach, the Daytona Times ran a "time and again" comparison of this location then and now. One (if not both) of the street names have changed.

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