The Summer 2010 issue of the Frisco Cricket promised that these photos would be placed on this website for all to see:

"En route to publishing his Barbary Coast book, Tom Stoddard, a collector of all manner of pictures and objects, acquired from Pops Foster a major collection of jazz photographs and other memorabilia. Tom’s widow, Loretta, recently made these available to your Foundation, and an interesting selection will be posted."

Here are the items described above.

Many thanks to Hal Smith for providing the initial set of notes attached to each image.

If anyone has additional information on any of the images, please use our contact page to send it along to us. Make sure you include the filename of the image. We'll do our best to incorporate any information you send us. Thanks!

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National Geograhic "Jug Band" article.

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Louis Armstrong, mother Mayanne, sister Lucy in New Orleans c. 1918.

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Bulletin No.2 of the Hot Music Society of San Francisco.

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Photo of a band with members listed on the back. However, the drummer is not "Baby" Dodds as listed.

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Back of previous photo listing band members. Drummer is not "Baby" Dodds.

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Lena Horne.

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Lena Horne.

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Pops Foster and Jimmy Archey in Europe, 1965.

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Back of previous image. Eric Christensen photo description, "1952" noted on back almost certainly in error.

PF005b


Well known photo of Bix Beiderbecke.

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Left: Hot Music Society of San Francisco letter to members asking for payment for tickets included with their bulletin. Right: HMSSF stationery.

PF006a


Lareger scan of previous letter.

PF006b


Misc. photos. Top left: Butterbeans and Susie. Top right: Vocalion record company publicity poster for Henry Red Allen. Bottom left: Bill Thompson photo.

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Hot Music Society of San Francisco announcement.

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Typed notes by Tom Stoddard (?) relating to announcement (previous image).

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Hand written notes presumably by Tom Stoddard.

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Poster for Pops Foster Euopean tour, 1965. See 005a, 043a.

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Postcard collage of George Lewis, Johah Jones, Pops Foster, Sammy Price, Freddie Moore, Jimmy Archey.

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Back of previous image postcard collage.

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Presumably the reverse side of PF008 (in German).

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Cover, May 1943 Record Changer magazine.

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Article in May 1943 Record Changer magazine, pages 2 and 3.

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Article in May 1943 Record Changer magazine, pages 4 and 5.

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Pops Foster obituary by Turk Murphy from the December 1969 "Musical News" published by Local 6, AFofM and photo of Pops Foster tombstone.

PF010a


Duke Ellington Orchestra autographs.

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Portion of article describing funeral services for Pops Foster with selections played by the Turk Murphy Jazz Band.

PF010c


Duke Ellington Orchestra.

PF011a


Duke Ellington Orchestra autographs.

PF011b


Guitarist "Blind Willie" McTell.

PF012a


Reverse of previous image.

PF012b


Henry Red Allen.

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Earl Hines.

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Curtis Mosby, drums plus hand-written notes by Tom Stoddard (?).

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Reverse of each item in previous image.

PF014b


James P. Johnson c. 1939.

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Reverse of previous image with inscription "1929 James P".

PF015b


Ed Garland.

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Hand-written notes for previous image.

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Pops Foster photo used for image on tombstone (see PF010a above).

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Reverse of previous image showing photo description and inscription "3/69 on tombstone".

PF017b


Photo of Pops Foster probably taken at the same time as previous image (notice stripes on tie are identical).

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Luis Russell Orchestra. Rhythm section is Russell-piano, Will Johnson-guitar, Pops Foster-bass, and Paul Barbarin-drums.

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Pops Foster photo taken in Zurich, 1965.

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Pops Foster photo date unknown.

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Top left: Banjoist Willie Foster, Pops' brother. Top right: Pops' father? Bottom: Pops' mother?

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Pops' brother and father?

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Unnamed trombonist.

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Pops at (presumably) 1945/1946 New Years Eve engagement.

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Reverse of previous photo (rotated for readability).

PF022b


Unnamed orchestras.

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Pops Foster, date unknown.

PF023a


Pops Foster and son?

PF024


W. C. Handy memorabilia.

PF024a


W. C. Handy memorabilia.

PF024b


Kid Ory's Band, 1922, from a printed source.

PF025a


Reverse of previous image.

PF025b


Black and Tan Orch.

PF026a


Reverse of previous image.

PF026b


Unnamed band.

PF027a


Reverse of previous image (?).

PF027b


Barney Bigard publicity photo.

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Luis Russell Orchestra.

PF029a


Reverse side of previous image.

PF029b


Duke Ellington Orchestra.

PF030


Roy Eldridge, 1935.

PF030a


Reverse of previous Roy Eldridge photos showing date pencilled in.

PF030b


Earl Hines.

PF031


Louis Armstrong with the Luis Russell Orchestra, Cotton Club, NY, 1935.

PF032a


Reverse side of previous photo inscribed "Cotton Club, 1935" and "Henry Jones ????".

PF032b


Louis Armstrong, "Too Sweet" (valet) in front, with Pops and Alma Foster behind.

PF033a


Reverse of previous image (damaged) with inscription "1935 Alma + Alpha".

PF033b


Bunk Johnson.

PF034a


Bunk Johnson.

PF034b


Pops Foster and Alma.

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Reverse of previous image.

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PF036b


Pops Foster performing in Zurich on 1965 European tour.

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Elmer Snowden, banjoist.

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Pops Foster postcard, date unknown.

PF038a


Reverse of previous image.

PF038b


Roy Eldridge.

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Pops Foster and Wellman Braud.

PF039a


Reverse of previous image.

PF039b


Pops and Alma Foster, 1969.

PF040a


Reverse of previous photo description Ed Lawless.

PF040b


Pops Foster performing, date unknown.

PF041


"Party Group" including Pops Foster, 1958. Others listed in next image.

PF043a


Hand-written notes on previous image.

PF043b


Hand-written addendum to previous image.

PF043c


Unnamed band in Los Angeles, 1922, with members named in next image.

PF044a


Reverse of previous image with notes.

PF044b


Don Redman Orchestra.

PF045a


Don Redman Orchestra.

PF045b


J. G. "Sax" Sexias Band, 1925-1929.

PF046a


Reverse of previous image inscribed
"1925-9
J. G. "Sax" Sexias Band
L to R
Charlie Turner, dms
Roy Tabor, tbn
Grace Sexias, pno + vcl
Sax Sexias, Alto
Winslow Allan, tpt
Roy Keyes, bjo + gtr".

PF046b


Benjy Madison Orchestra (no date).

PF047a


Reverse side of previous photo with list of band members.

PF047b


Hughie Woolford Orchestra (no date).

PF048a


Reverse side of previous photo with list of band members.

PF048b


Unknown orchestra (no date).

PF049a


Reverse side of previous photo.

PF049b


Paul Banks and His Orchestra, 1927.

PF050a


Reverse side of previous photo with list of band members.

PF050b


Paul Banks and His Orchestra, no date.

PF051a


Reverse side of previous photo with list of band members.

PF051b


Unknown orchestra, no date.

PF052


Ernest (?) Pillars Orchestra, no date.

PF053


Misc. stereo images of New Orleans.

PF054


Above: stereo image of field workers.
Below: Bing Crosby autograph.

PF055a


Reverse side of previous stereo photos inscribed "Picking Cotton on Plantation, Alabama".

PF055b


Hot Jazz Society of San Francisco "Jazz Versus Swing Concert" publicity poster, 1943.

PF056


Reverse side of previous poster inscribed "1943".

PF056b


Publicity poster for the Hot Jazz Society of San Francisco performing at the Dawn Club, Annie Street, San Francisco.

PF057


Reopening of the "Barbary Coast" 1930.

PF058a


Reverse side of previous photo with inscriptions of the names of the dancers and band members.

PF058b


Leadbelly.

PF059a


Reverse of previous photo.

PF059b


Pops Foster, 1956.

PF060a


Reverse of previous photo showing date.

PF060b


Pops and Alma Foster.

PF061


Pops Foster.

PF062


Pops and Alma Foster late 1960s.

PF063a


Reverse of previous pair of images.

PF063b


Ed Lawless photo of Pops Foster, 1969.

PF064a


Reverse of previous photo.

PF064b


Pops Foster, 1936/1937.

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PF065b


Jimmy Archey Band (Henry Goodwin-tp; Jimmy Archey-tb; Benny Waters-reeds; Dick Wellstood-p; Pops-b; Tommy Benford-d)

PF066a


Reverse of previous image.

PF066b


Same as PF008a.

PF067


Posed shot from "This is Jazz" Broadcast, 1947, with Baby Dodds-d; Pops-b; Danny Barker-g; Louis Armstrong-tp; Rudi Blesh-announcer/producer

PF068a


Reverse of previous image.

PF068b


Pops Foster photo marked up for

PF069


Sidney Bechet band, Boston, 1945 (George Thompson-d; Pops-b; Bunk Johnson-tp; Bechet; Ray Parker-p)

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Willie Foster, Pops' brother.

PF071a


Notes on reverse of PF071a.

PF071b


Kid Ory.

PF072


Bunk Johnson (same as PF034a/b).

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Minor "Ram" Hall.

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PF076


Willie Foster (Pops' brother) and Walter Kimbal about 1925.

PF077a


Notes on reverse of previous image.

PF077b


Willie Foster, Pops' brother about 1900.

PF078a


Notes on reverse of previous image.

PF078b


Fletcher Henderson Orchestra about 1930-1933.

PF079a


Notes on reverse of previous image.

PF079b


Bunny Burson's Band, Guerneville, CA "Vacation Special." (Possibly Lu Watters seated in the middle?). Other band members are unknown.
The only reference to this band found is in Music Trade Review, June 19, 1926. see http://mtr.arcade-museum.com/MTR-1926-82-25/MTR-1926-82-25-36.pdf.

PF080a


Notes on reverse of previous image.

PF080b


Benny Goodman with his sax and trumpet section.

PF081


Reverse of previous image.

PF081b


See next image.

PF145a


Names of band members with old-format phone numbers.

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Notes on image PF001a.

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