Calco “End of the Trail” Pottery Bookends A905

Originally sculpted by the American-born artist James Earle Fraser, The End of the Trail has endured to become one of the most recognizable images in the United States. It has been “translated” and adapted to many mediums and reproduced endlessly, but there is a reason for that: it personifies the tragedy of the American Indian. The kitsch of each representation does not entirely obscure that feeling.

California Art Tile Co.

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Cutout Wooden Indian A899

Folk Art at its simplest and most direct. Astonishing what life can be given to a plank with a jigsaw and a touch of paint. If some great modern artist claimed it as their work we wouldn’t blink.

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Rancho Wagon Wheel Chandelier L550

It’s really the real deal, from a real ranch in the 1920s. It’s How The West Was Lit. And it’s spectacular.

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Postwar Japanese Monarch Radio in the shape of an American Indian Chief’s Head A897

Many tiny companies went to work making transistor radios for US export in the postwar years, and almost as many went out of business. And sank without a trace. But here is a surviving trace of one such, Monarch, which decided it might be able to crack the American market with this startling carved Indian chief’s head one. It is certainly an entrancing artifact. And we salute its makers’ enterprise and artistic flair. One hangs it on the wall, where it strangely resembles a cuckoo clock. As well as a demon. We have no idea what the hanging keys represent. We love it.

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Fantasy Spanish Scene Summer Screen A894

A great aspect of the the Spanish Revival style is an element of fantasy and it is always a pleasure to find an object that brings it out so pleasurably. Even without a fire lit, a fireplace should be a place to dream.

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Tropical Theme Fireplace Summer Screen A893

This is how we roll in the warmer climes, when we don’t light our fireplaces: we beautify them. Romantically, usually.

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Horseshoe Plant Stand F1270

We are BIG fans of horseshoe furniture so we get excited every time we get a piece. They always surprise. And this one delivers: a huge amount of character and a little bit of quirk.

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Bullseye Poster AP467

And it really is one. “You Can’t Miss It!”  Certainly can’t.

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Paramount Theater Double Feature Poster AP456

“Let’s see: An unlikely courtroom romance blooms between a flower-shop owner and her unscrupulous landlord’s married attorney.”

“Oh,  I love John Boles!”

“And the other one… let’s see what it says in the description: Cora and Matt have tons of money and have spent a lot just to be accepted into New York society. The problem is that New York society has very little money. Matt prefers lunch counters and regular clothes to fancy dining rooms and dinner clothes, but Cora wants to be in with the ‘400’. So they give the cash to poor, but socially prominent, Marsh’s money to have a little party in their honor, and Matt hires waitress Sandy to pose as their daughter. But Harley has already meet Sandy on the sidewalk, and even though he does not know who she is, he is in love with her. But Sandy does not like him.”

“Well… we don’t have to stay for the whole thing.”

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Perry Askam Fox Theater Poster AP453

It never hurts to beef up a bill with a personal appearance by a star. Or as close as you can get to one. And Perry was a popular guy around San Francisco.

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Perry Askam was born on August 31, 1898 in Seattle, Washington, USA. He was an actor, known for Sweet Kitty Bellairs (1930), Gypsy Night (1935) and The Crusades (1935). He died on October 22, 1961 in San Francisco, California, USA.

Naughty Marietta Extended Engagement Poster 1935 AP457

When you have a hit like this one, you extend.

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Naughty Marietta is a 1935 film based on the operetta Naughty Marietta by Victor Herbert. Jeanette MacDonald stars as a princess who flees an arranged marriage. She sails for New Orleans and is rescued from pirates by Captain Richard Warrington (Nelson Eddy).

Acme Beer Poster 1935

Acme Beer is back! And this poster is from before it went away. We think it might have made the Great Depression less depressing.

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Acme was a transplant brewery from Seattle. Not many breweries made it through the 1906 earthquake and fire, and millions of dollars of beer were shipped from Seattle and bottled here. Within a year, the Olympia brewery converted the bottling plant into a full brewery, and Acme was born. (Brewery Gems has lots on Acme Brewing in SF from the first half of the 20th century.)

In the 1920s, Several breweries merged to form the California Brewing Association (including several in the Mission)  but only Sansome St and the National Brewery at Fulton and Webster were kept open. (Sansome St was sold off in 1929). They survived Prohibition by making Acme Light “near beer” with 0.5% alcohol (along with vinegar and syrup) but ramped back up after the 1933 Repeal.

Acme started advertising “real” beer before Prohibition officially ended and got a significant leg up on the competition. It served them well in the beginning:

After the war, Acme Brewing struggled to compete against the national breweries but didn’t make it.  The SF plant was sold in 1954 to an East Coast company attempting to go national, but the site was closed in 1958. Alas…

But weep not, the brand has been revived.

Ruggles of Red Gap Theater Poster 1935 AP459

We love the pre-Pop sensibility of these workhorse silkscreen posters turned out for local businesses all over the country. This one comes from a San Francisco trove.

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Ruggles of Red Gap is a 1935 comedy film directed by Leo McCarey and starring Charles Laughton, Mary Boland, Charlie Ruggles and ZaSu Pitts, and featuring Roland Young and Leila Hyams. It was based on the best-selling 1915 novel by Harry Leon Wilson, adapted by Humphrey Pearson and with a screenplay by Walter DeLeon and Harlan Thompson. It is the story of a newly rich American couple from the West who win a British gentleman’s gentleman in a poker game.

Loews Warfield 3 Shows-in-one Poster 1931 AP458

Poster for the combined attractions booked at the Loew’s Warfield San Francisco around 1931. Two live acts and movie. The Depression had really kicked in and getting audiences back into the theaters took a lot of moxie. This poster is a reminder of that.

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And here’s the line-up:

1.The Secret Call is a 1931 American drama film directed by Stuart Walker and written by Arthur Kober, Eve Unsell and William C. deMille. The film stars Richard Arlen, Peggy Shannon, William B. Davidson, Charles Trowbridge, Jane Keithley, Selmer Jackson and Ned Sparks. The film was released on July 25, 1931, by Paramount Pictures. Peggy Shannon’s short life and career were filled with bit parts and “B” pictures. While this film is relatively obscure, it entertains as it showcases one of Hollywood’s missed opportunities. The Secret Call was an old film property when Paramount decided to shoot the talking version. Based on the play, “The Woman” by William de Mille, Paramount filmed it as a silent in 1915 with Lois Meredith and again in 1927 as “The Telephone Girl” with Madge Bellamy in the lead. It was in rehearsals as a Clara Bow vehicle when Ms. Bow suffered a nervous collapse. Peggy Shannon had been a star on stage and was one of ten young actresses selected by Paramount for a chance in pictures. Just five days after arriving in Hollywood, Ms. Shannon stepped into the lead role. With a marvelously complicated plot, The Secret Call gives Peggy many strong scenes as it unreels. You’ll really feel for her. Another great performer who didn’t hit it big and hit the bottle instead. She passed away in 1941 at age 32.

2.  Rube Wolf was a band leader and comedian (billing himself as “The World’s Homeliest Musical Scream”) from the early to mid 1900’s. Playing in some of the biggest movie palaces in Los Angeles, Hawaii, and just about all over the place. Rube Wolf was the brother of famous brother and sister production team Fanchon and Marco who are best known for their live stage shows performed before movie showings called “Prologs”. The movie Footlight Parade with James Cagney is based largely on Fanchon and Marco. The Wolf family was very involved in all aspects of the development of early Hollywood. Not only running large scale productions, but also owning the Metropolitan Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. the El Capitan on Hollywood Blvd., as well as many other Fox West Coast Theaters. They also ran a Hollywood dance and talent school whose students would go on to become some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

3.  Phil Harris was a celebrated bandleader of the 1940s and a radio, film, and TV actor who always seemed to imply allegiance to the former Confederate States of America. Was a principal of long standing in Jack Benny’s radio retinue, parlaying his popularity into his own radio series, in which his wife, Alice Faye, co-starred.

Bauer Indian Bowl B724

So perfect. Deco style meets Southwest Indian tradition and a classic is born.

10 1/2″ x 17″ high.

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