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Finding aid to Celso Ruperto Photographs of Nightclub Dance Performers (1966-1969) SFP 109
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Collection of 126 black and white photographic prints of dance performers in San Francisco's North Beach topless nightclubs by Filipino-American photographer Celso Ruperto of Century Photo Research from 1966-1969. Includes nightclubs Big Al's, Condor Club, Chi Chi Club, Moulin Rouge and Peppermint Tree (660 Broadway). Mostly interior shots of the clubs' dance performers with a few exteriors of the marquees.
Celso Aquino Ruperto was born on April 6, 1925 to Venacia and Cornelio Ruperto in Pagsanjan, Laguna of the Philippines. Ruperto was living in the United States by 1953 and in Washington in 1955. While living in San Francisco, Ruperto petitioned for citizenship in 1958 and was naturalized by 1963. In the 1950s worked in a lab as a bacteriologist until 1962. From 1963 - 1975, Ruperto worked as a professional photographer under the photography business name Century Photo Research located at 1456 Ninth Avenue in the Sunset District. In 1976, Ruperto owned Rupert Rooming House at 343 Divisadero Street. Ruperto purchased and owned Helen Hotel at 166 Turk Street by 1978. From 1980 to 1987, Ruperto was the owner of the punk club Sound of Music Theatre at 162 Turk Street. Celso Aquino Ruperto died on December 24, 1990 in Daly City, California.
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