This past year, we’ve told you the continuing story of a magical 1960s photo album compiled by South Philadelphia nightlife writer and photographer Arthur Tavani.
And we’ve shared dozens of Art’s celebrity photos on our Unexpected Philadelphia website.
BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME
Today, we’re publishing a new set of images showing mid-century business owners and government officials from right here in the neighborhood – and we need your help identifying everyone.
Art Tavani shakes hands with local photographer Carl Verna. Mildred Trombetta was the editor and publisher of the South Philadelphia American newspaper, for which Art was a columnist. Louis Esposito (right) still reigns as a second-generation owner of Esposito’s Meats in the Italian Market.
Over the past 9 months, we’ve introduced you to a magical 1960s photo album….and told you some of the stories behind it.
Back around 1964, South Philadelphia nightlife columnist and photographer Arthur Tavani collected over 200 photos of himself with nationally and locally famous singers, comedians, athletes, politicians, judges, business people and more.
(Art Tavani greets South Philadelphia’s Al Martino, bottom right. Not all the stars
were locally grown: That’s Art with Tony Bennett, top, and Bob Hope, bottom left.)
Many of the best-known entertainers – ranging from Bobby Rydell and Fabian, to Al Martino and Guy Marks – were South Philly natives. Today, we’ll show you Art’s photos with famous out-of-towners… Continue reading
One of the perks of researching our fun and fabulous 1960s South Philly photo album has been meeting the families, friends and fans of the many entertainers, athletes and other public figures it contains – and, a half-century later, meeting some of those same celebrities ourselves.
FINDING CARMEN DEE
Last year, we were charmed to meet Carmen Dee, the celebrated bandleader at South Philadelphia’s famed Palumbo’s restaurant and nightclub for over 30 years.
(A Palumbo’s postcard from the late 1930s. Palumbo’s opened in 1884 as a hotel
for Italian immigrants, and morphed into a top entertainment and wedding venue.
And, yes, that should actually read “Catharine” Street.)