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Finding Aid to the Frank Borel Motion Picture Portrait Photograph Collection (1922-1950) SFP 152
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The collection consists of over 146 black and white photographic prints of motion picture actors and actresses collected by San Francisco millinery designer Frank Borel. Almost all the photographs are inscribed to Frank Borel and autographed by the celebrity. Most of the portraits are of people related to motion picture but does include those related to performing arts. The bulk of the collection is from the 1930s-early 1950s.
Frank Merton Borel was born on September 13, 1887 to Louise and Francois Borel in Alameda County, California. The family moved to the South of Market, San Francisco by the 1890s. In 1910, Borel began his career as a salesman in a local wholesale millinery house. Borel traveled to Paris to learn more of the millinery trade. Upon return, he opened his own designing house and hat salon, Francois, located at 251 Post Street. From the 1930s until his death, Borel lived with his sister and a male assistant from his hat salon in Ashbury Heights at 187 Delmar Street. A confirmed bachelor, Frank Merton Borel died on February 2, 1954 in San Francisco, California.
2 pamphlet boxes and 1 flat box (1.5 Cubic Feet)
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