November 19, 2008

Soapy Smith Museum, 1950

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Google recently purchased the rights to the entire collection of photographs from Life Magazine. In the collection are these two great photographs of the inside of Jeff Smith's Parlor in July of 1950. The older gentleman behind the bar is Jack Griesbach who took over ownership after Martin Itjen passed away. The mechanical Soapy Smith raises his beer glass, his head turns and his eye light up every time someone opens the front door (to the right of where the camera man took this photo).

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