Dance, Box 92, 1949


Box 92 is another box that bears the “Class Assignment 1949” inscription.

Looking at the negatives, we find one subject, few members of the College of Pacific “Orchesis”, the modern dancing group.

I had wondered already why Joel never photographed any of their performances or rehearsals.

Joel may not be photographing “Dance” in the strictest sense of the word, but he is taking is class assignment very “Joel-sense-of-humor-seriously”. Stay with it till the end !

The Three Graces, COP, 1949 (Printed)
The Three Graces, COP, 1949 (Printed)
The Three Graces, COP, 1949 (Printed)

It’s clear by now that this is all very tongue-in-cheek.

Groteske, COP, 1949
No words, COP, 1949
The Three Graces, COP, 1949
The Three Graces, COP, 1949 (Printed)

The three remaining images are from a dilapidated storage facility by night.

The images are quite dramatic, and Joel captured an interesting vibe. Definitely print-worthy material. The structure is what’s left of the Stockton Ice and Fuel Company. Joel photographed this structure also in 1942, during daytime.

Stockton Ice and Fuel Company, Stockton, 1949
Stockton Ice and Fuel Company, Stockton, 1949
Stockton Ice and Fuel Company, Stockton, 1949

The three above negatives line up with the subject material we’ve seen in previous blog posts. The walls of this “Stockton Ice and Fuel Company” building ar crumbling though in 1949, there are major cracks and gaps in the wood.

For reference, below is the image Joel photographed in or around 1942 at a quite different angle.

Stockton Ice and Fuel Company, Stockton, 1942

In 1949 there’s an addition hopper at the left side of the building and the the building name board is gone. There is still evidence of used train tracks in 1949

Cheers !


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