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Title Sinatra photo: Frank Sinatra speaking to Anselm Youth Forum with some Gary ROTC & Froebel H.S. students about racial prejudice, Gary, IN, Nov. 2, 1945.
Object Name Print, Photographic
Catalog Number 2014.068.1305
Collection Sinatra-ana
Credit Gift of Patricia Samperi and Family.
Description Sinatra photo: Frank Sinatra speaking to Anselm Youth Forum with some Gary ROTC and Froebel High School students about racial prejudice, Gary, Ind., Nov. 2, 1945.

Subject(s): Frank Sinatra / Harry Johnson / Frank Oja
Location: Gary, Indiana
Date: Nov. 2, 1945
Inkstamp "Received" date (on back): Nov. 3, 1945

Type: original press photograph
Print: black-and-white; 7" x 9" wide.
Source (agency, studio or press service): Associated Press
Captioned: yes - typewritten slug attached.
Source: see notes.

From Rutgers Heilson
RKO Radio Pictures
1270 Sixth Avenue
New York, 20, New York

SWOONIES SWARM SINATRA -- A storming mob of fans rushed singer Frank Sinatra off his feet when their idol reach Grand Central, Hollywood bound to star in RKO Radio movies. They came an hour early for the chance to cheer their favorite, and remained at the station an hour after the train pulled out.
interior / train / track / railroads / motion pictures / travel / fans /
Photographer Associated Press
Place Gary, IN
Date 1945
Year Range from 1945
Year Range to 1945
People Sinatra, Frank
Johnson, Harry
Oja, Frank
Search Terms Frank Sinatra
Notes ====
Source: Paul Samperi Papers. Samperi was a member of the family that owned and operated the Union Club, 600 Hudson St., Hoboken, for nearly 40 years with his role as a manager starting in the 1940s. Sinatra performed at that venue several times before becoming a star and returned for an event in the early years of his rise to fame.

This photo is from a group of original 1943 to 1952 publicity or press photos that Samperi saved among the many files from the Union Club. It is unknown how he came to collect the photos. There are dated "received" inkstamps on the reverse of most in this group, but of varying formats and styles. Whether they represent his markings or another owner is unknown. It is possible that the Union Club was on a distribution list for news agencies, press representatives, etc.
Orig/copy Original
Caption image
Imagefile 357\20140681305-2.TIF
Classification Music
Social & Personal Activity
Racism & Bias