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Herb Caen Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

HERB CAEN
Born: April 03, 1916 in Sacramento, California
Died: February 01, 1997 in San Francisco, California
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Herb Caen (April 3, 1916 - February 1, 1997) was an American journalist and humorist known for his long-running column in the San Francisco Chronicle. Born in Sacramento, California, Caen moved to San Francisco in 1936 where he embarked on his career in journalism.

Caen began his career at the Chronicle in 1938, where he initially wrote a radio column before transitioning to his now-famous daily column, "It's News to Me". His insightful and often humorous reflections on life in San Francisco, as well as his musings on wider cultural and political topics, earned him a loyal following. His column was syndicated in many newspapers across the country. In 1950, Caen moved to the San Francisco Examiner, but returned to the Chronicle in 1958 where he would remain until his death. His column, which eventually came to be simply titled "Herb Caen", was a beloved staple of San Francisco culture, capturing the spirit of the city in a unique and captivating way.

Among Caen's most notable achievements was the coining of the term "beatnik" in 1958, during the Beat Generation. He also popularized the nickname "Baghdad by the Bay" for San Francisco. In 1996, the year before his death, Caen was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize for his significant contribution to journalism. Caen was not only a popular columnist but also a celebrated author, publishing several collections of his columns as well as books about San Francisco.
Film Credits
1968-Revolution (in person), 1959-State-Trooper (in person), 1996-The-Hippie-Revolution (in person), 1989-Cheers (Performer), 1947-Nora-Prentiss (Performer)
  • HERB CAEN - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 17749
    HERB CAEN - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 17749
    Herb Caen writes a note to Hildegarde after a performance Autograph Note signed: " Herb Caen", 1p 8¾x4, cut from a larger album sheet. In full: "Greetings to Nobhildegarde-You leave me speechless! ".

    Sale Price $136.00

    $160.00

  • HERB CAEN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 174069
    HERB CAEN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 174069
    Vintage black and white photograph of the Pulitzer Prize winner, Herb Caen, sitting at a table with a fruit basket, cigarette in ashtray, holding a knife and piece of fruit Photograph inscribed and signed: "Dear/Eddie-/Greetings/from/Herb/Caen", B/w 5x7.

    Price: $200.00

  • HERB CAEN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH 01/04/1993 - HFSID 225259
    HERB CAEN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH 01/04/1993 - HFSID 225259
    Black and white photograph of Pulitzer Prize winner, Herb Caen, sitting at his "manual" typewriter Photograph signed: "Hello regards,/Herb Caen 1-4-93", B/w 10x8 overall, image 9½x6½-one surface.

    Price: $180.00

  • HERB CAEN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 174068
    HERB CAEN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 174068
    Caen sends note of thanks to a fan Typed Note signed: "Herb", 1p, 8½x7¼. San Francisco, California, no date. On letterhead of "San Francisco Examiner", to Eddie Sousa. In full: "Thanks for your kind interest - and I hope this doesn't louse up you wall too much!…"

    Price: $140.00

  • HERB CAEN - TYPED NOTE SIGNED 03/19/1992 - HFSID 270520
    HERB CAEN - TYPED NOTE SIGNED 03/19/1992 - HFSID 270520
    Caen sends note of thanks to Phyllis Diller Typed Note signed: "Herb", 1 page, 5½x7. San Francisco, California, 1992 March 19. On letterhead of "San Francisco Chronicle" to actress/comedienne Phyllis Diller. In full: "I loved your cheery letter and I love you.…"

    Sale Price $136.00

    $160.00

  • HERB CAEN - TYPED NOTE SIGNED 12/19/1995 - HFSID 270495
    HERB CAEN - TYPED NOTE SIGNED 12/19/1995 - HFSID 270495
    Herb Caen writes to his friend, Phyllis Diller Typed Note signed: "Yo, Phyllis!/Herb", 1 page, 5½x7. San Francisco, California, 1995 December 19. On letterhead of "San Francisco Chronicle" to actress/comedienne Phyllis Diller.

    Price: $160.00

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