WILBUR EVANS - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 315536
Sale Price $342.00
A vintage 3x5 candid photo of the distinguished singer and actor standing in front of a classic vehicle, dressed in a suit and bowtie
Inscribed Photograph signed: "To Francis/Wilbur Evans," in black felt tip. B/w, 3x5 image, 3½x5½ overall (one surface). Candid photo. Baritone vocalist Wilbur Evans (1905-1987) was a radio star in the 1930s, and also toured nationally in community concert series. He made his grand opera debut in Tristan und Isolde (1937). He appeared on Broadway several times in the 1940s, beginning with a revival of The Merry Widow (1942), and co-starred with Mary Martin in the London premiere of South Pacific (1951). He seldom appeared in films, but starred in Her First Romance (1940) and made a few TV appearances. This photograph is from the collection of Francis and Violet Zane, Hawaii natives who moved to California in the 1920's. Francis Zane had a job at the historic Curran Theater and the San Francisco Opera House, which is where he began his massive collection, with photographs and materials ranging from the 1920's to 1960's. The location and luck of his occupation would land him smack dab in the middle of the celebrity world, allowing him to capture some of the most unique and interesting pieces of Hollywood History. Lightly bowed. Lightly toned. Corners slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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