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House of Color Mummers Parade photographs

1970-1985, 26 linear feet

05

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Mummers Museum. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Mummers Museum
Creator:
House of Color.
Title:
House of Color Mummers Parade photographs
Date [inclusive]:
1970-1985
Call Number:
05
Extent:
26 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Frank Talley (1934-2003) owned the House of Color photography studio in South Philadelphia and was the official photographer of the annual Mummers Parade. The House of Color Mummers Parade photographs, 1970-1985, consist mostly of photographic negatives of the Mummers Parade, taken by Frank Talley in his capacity as the official Mummers Parade photographer.
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Biography/History

Frank Talley (1934-2003) was a firefighter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also operated a small photographic studio at 1442 South 9th Street in South Philadelphia called House of Color. Talley served as the official Mummers Parade photographer.

The Mummers Parade is an annual New Year's Day event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Local clubs devise elaborate costumes, scenery, and routines for a march through the city streets that some consider the oldest folk festival in America.

Bibliography:

Pray, Rusty. "Frank Talley, 69, retired firefighter." Philadelphia Inquirer, February 20, 2003. Accessed March 2, 2012. http://articles.philly.com/2003-02-20/news/25450840_1_villanova-football-firefighter-granddaughter

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised primarily of photographic negatives, with several binders of contact sheets and a few larger prints. The collection is partially arranged by year, and partially by division. There are a number of unarranged negatives and photographs. The negatives and photographs in this collection all document the Mummers Parade and were taken by the House of Color as the official photographer of the Mummers Parade.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Mummers Museum

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact Mummers Museum for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of House of Color, circa 1985.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials Note

The Mummers Museum: The Mummers Museum photograph collection, circa 1899-2010.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • House of Color.
  • Philadelphia Mummers (Organization).
  • Philadelphia New Year Shooters and Mummers Association.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
  • South Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Talley, Frank, 1934-2003
Subject(s)
  • New Year
  • Parades
  • Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Social life and customs

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