My friend in New Orleans, Mr. Freeland- Archer, has reminded me that artists still do look like artists. This is The New Orleans Bingo Show. Let's note that founder Clint Maedgen is holding a Polaroid 600 S camera (or maybe an SE) which shoots Polaroid pack film. Or Fuji. An appropriately eccentric camera for an eccentric and highly entertaining group.
Mr. Freeland- Archer has also reminded me about Eden Ahbez, seen here meeting Nat "King" Cole:
Ahbez, or "ahbe" to his family and friends, wrote Cole's popular hit "Nature Boy," and also became a pre- hippie- icon to alternative lifestylers, especially in California. Cole's manager reportedly located Ahbez under the first L of the Hollywood sign, where he was living with his wife in a sleeping bag.
He was born in 1908, lived until 1995, released several recordings, worked with Brian Wilson , influenced Donovan (no surprise there) and probably inspired countless renderings of Jesus in Sunday schools everywhere. At least he was Jewish.
So... a tip of the Littlehales' hat (as Jimmy Hatlo would say) to Mr. Freeland- Archer (not his real name), ever- vigilant observer, chronicler and archivist of American culture.