Entrance to Bop City, San Francisco, CA, c. 1951

  • Image for Entrance to Bop City, San Francisco, CA, c. 1951
  • Image for Entrance to Bop City, San Francisco, CA, c. 1951
2 images
Photograph by
Jackson, Steve Jr., 1923 - 1999
Subject of
Jimbo's Bop City, American, 1950 - 1965
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (image): 9 7/16 × 7 7/16 in. (24 × 18.9 cm)
H x W (sheet): 10 × 7 15/16 in. (25.4 × 20.2 cm)
Type
gelatin silver prints
Place depicted
Fillmore, San Francisco, California, United States, North and Central America
Date
ca. 1951
Description
This black and white photograph depicts the exterior of a building on an urban street. The first floor entrance is a storefront with a large plate glass window and double glass doors. Above the doors is text that reads "Bob City" in large letters written against a musical staph. The words "Known the World Over" are written beneath. At each end of the staph is a black silhouette of a figure playing the saxophone? Hanging above the door is a large electric sign that protrudes perpendicularly from the building. The top part of the sign is text running vertically that reads "JIMBO'S." Underneath is text that reads "Chicken Basket." Underneath is a second sign with larger lettering that reads "Bop City." Perpendicular to this is a triangular with text that reads " the house/ that BOP/ BUILT/ Chicken / Hot or Cold/ as Good as GOLD/ Here [illegible] King Cole/ I like it here [illegible] Mr. B/ The Food and Music." There are several cars in front of the building, and a man in a light colored coat and hat passing along the sidewalk in front. On the back of the image is a green sticker with "#2" handwritten on it.
Topic
African American
Bebop (Music)
Communities
Jazz (Music)
Photography
Singers (Musicians)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Mary E. Jackson, Posthumously and Linda A. Jackson
Object number
2016.117.2
Restrictions & Rights
© Linda A. Jackson
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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