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signed by artist, lower right on sheet in black ink: Allen Ginsberg; artist inscription, across bottom under image: The first shopping cart street prophet I'd directly noticed, fall leaves scattered on Tompkins Park sidewalk, Avenue A & St. Mark's Place, over 40 years ago. Leshko's Restaurant was cheap and popular as at present on the corner a block south, I had my snapshots developed at a drugstore near Park Center eatery across the street on S. W. Corner, & was living with W. S. Burroughs a few blocks away 206 East 7th street - working as copyboy on now-defunct "New York World Telegram," my apartment rent $29.00 a month, three small rooms. October, 1953. AH [?] [inscribed in a circle]; on verso by unknown hand in graphite, #2 Fall NY. 1953.

Provenance

Allen Ginsberg Estate; Ellen and Gary Davis, Greenwich, CT (through Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York); gift to NGA, 2009.

Exhibition History
2010
Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg, National Gallery of Art, Washington; National Gallery of Art, Washington; Grey Art Gallery & Study Center, New York University, New York; The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, 2010 - 2013, no. 35.