Yearly Archives: 2013

Reflections on North Beach Then and Now While Drinking a Beer at Vesuvio

Posted on by Sharon Gee

By William Taylor, Jr. I’m sitting upstairs at Vesuvio Cafe, across from City Lights Books at the intersection of Columbus and Broadway in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. Years ago this was the heart of the West Coast … Continue reading

Contemporary Master: Spencer Tunick

Posted on by Justin Benttinen

Spencer Tunick’s works might seem shocking to the uninitiated (especially in somewhat puritanical societies such as our own), but closer inspection belies a more subtle approach to the human form that transcends such notions. His works take familiar settings such … Continue reading

Clipper Ship Sailing Cards

Posted on by Sharon Gee

By Sharon Gee   With the world sailing aficionados turning their attention to our hometown of San Francisco for the America’s cup, we are pleased to offer a collection of Clipper Ship Sailing cards in Sale 515.  In the mid-19th … Continue reading

Treasures at PBA

Posted on by Sharon Gee

By Sharon Gee Excitement fills the air with the announcement of our second “Treasures from our Warehouse” sale to take place on Thursday, August 29th.  The first Treasures sale held in December of last year had lively bidding on almost … Continue reading

Unpublished Wizard of Oz Photos from the Estate of Norman Taurog

Posted on by Justin Benttinen

By Justin Benttinen, PBA Photographer Though famous to classic film buffs and aficionados of the “Golden Age” of Hollywood, Norman Taurog is not necessarily a name that resonates with the modern moviegoer. In spite of this, he was well known … Continue reading

Civil War Archives

Posted on by Sharon Gee

As our country commemorates the 150th anniversary of two major battles of the Civil War this month, we have two amazing archives of Civil War memorabilia.  One of the archives consists primarily of a series of diaries kept by a … Continue reading

Hubert Howe Bancroft – Historian and Bibliophile

Posted on by Sharon Gee

As I was familiarizing myself with some of the offerings in Sale 510, I came across the name Hubert Howe Bancroft. I am familiar with the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley but I figured he was just some rich guy … Continue reading

Welcome to the New PBA BLOG!

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  I personally want to welcome you to our new website and auction platform. It’s been over ten years since we have had a major overhaul of the website and auction software. In those 10 years, internet use has quadrupled, … Continue reading

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