Sinatra photo: Frank Sinatra with fans at surprise birthday party for him at NBC Studios, N.Y., Dec. 12, 1949.
|Object Name||Print, Photographic|
|Credit||Gift of Patricia Samperi and Family.|
Sinatra photo: Frank Sinatra with fans at a surprise birthday party for him at NBC Studios, New York, Dec. 12, 1949.
Subject(s): Frank Sinatra / others not identified
Location: New York City
Date: [December 12, 1949]
Inkstamp "Received" date (on back): Dec. 14, 1949
Type: original press photograph; 1768
Print: black-and-white; 8" x 10" wide.
Source (agency, studio or press service): George B. Evans, 251 West 57th Street, New York 19, N.Y.
Captioned: yes - typewritten slug attached.
Source: see notes.
Chief beneficiary of the surprise (32nd) [sic -actually 34th] birthday party staged at the NBC studios yesterday by Frank Sinatra's New York and Chicago fans was the March of Dimes, which received two checks totaling $300.
[Note: Sinatra was actually 34 years old. George B. Evans was Sinatra's publicity and public relations firm - they took two years off his age in the early 1940s and intentionally promoted for many years a birth year of 1917 instead of the correct 1915.]
interior / fans / parties / ceremony / publicity agent /
|Place||New York City|
|Year Range from||1949|
|Year Range to||1949|
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.