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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Your Early Christmas Treat: A Hand-Painted Phil Frank Chronicle Box

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 2:59 PM

click to enlarge JOE ESKENAZI
  • Joe Eskenazi
If you're an aficionado of Bay Area media ephemera, boy is this up your street. And, if not: Merry Christmas already. 

What you see here is a hand-painted Phil Frank Chronicle newspaper box decorated with characters from the gone-but-not-forgotten cartoonist's long-running daily local strip Farley

Imagine that: A daily, local strip (at the time of Frank's death in 2007, it was the only one in the nation). 

This box, spotted on California Street a short walk from CPMC Hospital, is remarkably well-preserved. You'll note that's King Willie in the lower left. 

Frank's strip was intensely local and depended on locals with long memories who were plugged into their city's goings-on and would catch the many references. That's a demographic most easily located in the past, even if, thankfully, Frank's work can still be spotted in the present. 

And, as far as we know, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will still send you, gratis, Frank's spectacular cartoon map of the water system. Give it a try

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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