Fred W. McDarrah is a well known photographer who for many years did work for the Village Voice. One of his photos of Shep in the studio, taken in 1966, was used for a poster which became famous throughout the Shep community.
This photo was taken on November 30, 1966 at the WOR studio for a Village Voice article. It was later used for a 30 inch by 42 inch "Personality Poster". McDarrah took many shots that day from various angles, this one being considered the best.
The copyright notice reads "c 1967 by FRED W. MCDARRAH". It also is labeled along the edge with the title "160-Jean Shepherd" and bears the name of the publisher "Personality Posters, Inc, 74 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011". It measures approx 29-1/2 high and 42-1/2 wide.
On his May 2, 1967 show Shep talks about the poster saying it was taken during the 2nd movement of his underwater ballet. He says you can send $1.25 to the station to get a copy of the poster. Send it to the attention of the "Ogre"
Other Shep related photos by Fred:
Beatgeneration - Fred W. McDarrah - Schirmer's Books
The caption reads " 'Angel,' a Brooklyn College student, was selected Miss Beatnik of 1959. She is posing on MacDougal St., in front of the 1931 Chevrolet Independence wood-wheeled roadster owned by radio monologuist Jean Shepherd. Miss Beatnik is now a psychoanalyst, mother of three, and a grandmother"
The book is chock full of great photos of the Village!!
Kerouac and Friends - Fred W. McDarrah
The caption reads " 'Angel,' a Brooklyn College student, was selected as the most representative "beatnik" of 1959. She is posing on MacDougal St., June 16, 1959 in front of the 1931 Chevrolet Independence wood-wheeled roadster owned by radio monologuist Jean Shepherd.|