Monday, December 19, 2016

Street Scene: First Norwegian

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First Norwegian, 711 57th Street, Brooklyn


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Monday, December 12, 2016

Lettering: Alfred Benjamin & Co.

The Clothier and Furnisher

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Letterer: John Thomson Willing

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Under Cover: The San Franciscan, November 1926–January 1928

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The San Franciscan
November 1930
page 50: The San Franciscan’s Message (continued)

…Among the young artists whose work is definitely associated with The San Franciscan there is Antonio Sotomayor, the young Bolivian artist whose cartoons and drawings have appeared in The San Franciscan almost from the first. The past year he has had an exhibition in Mexico City and two in San Francisco, and he is now at work on a mural commission for one of the leading hotels here. The magazine covers for the first year were designed by Catti Merrick. Then for over two years the covers were done by Ted Van Deusen who went to New York early in the summer to win eastern honors. This month we repeat one of Van Deusen’s covers interrupting, with this one issue, the series of striking covers done by Melbourne Brindle who, though very young, is rapidly receiving recognition by the jury of the San Francisco Art Association. Ned Hilton whose cartoons and maps of San Francisco as well as his page, “The White Card,” were a regular feature of The San Franciscan for more than a year, is now bidding for national attention with both his writing and graphic art.


Cathleen “Catti” Merrick Berk
May 16, 1904, Oakland, California

Richard W. Merrick, father
Catherine, mother

1910 U.S. Federal Census
1033 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, California
Name / Age
Richard W Merrick, 56
Catherine Merrick, 43
Raymond Merrick, 21
Mary Merrick, 19
Helene Merrick, 11
Cathleen Merrick, 5
Mary Hickey, 50

1920 U.S. Federal Census
2608 Webster Place, San Francisco, California
Name / Age
Catherine Merrick, 56 [widow]
Raymond Merrick, 30
Mollie D Merrick, 25
Helen H Merrick, 20
Cathleen C Merrick, 14
Mary Hickey, 60

San Francisco Chronicle
October 16, 1929
Former Newspaper Man Takes Bride
In a simple ceremony at her home, 2545 Laguna street, Miss Cathleen Merrick, daughter of Mrs. Richard W. Merrick, yesterday became the bride of Harry Bercovich Jr., 947 Green street, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bercovich. Raymond Merrick, brother of the bride, and Albert Wollenberg acted as witnesses.

The bridegroom, formerly a newspaperman, is connected in an advertising capacity. The bride is a sister of Mollie Merrick, well known newspaper columnist.

1930 U.S. Federal Census
1745 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, California
Name / Age
Harry Bercovich, 22 [Advertising Agent]
Catherine Bercovich, 24 [Self-employed Artist]

Passenger List
Harry and Catti Bercovich
Home Address: 53 East 66 Street, New York, New York
Departure: Los Angeles, California, March 12, 1934
Arrival: New York, New York, April 3, 1934

Passenger List
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bercovich
Home Address: 2 West 67 Street, New York, New York
Departure: Cherbourg, France, August 17, 1935
Arrival: New York, New York, August 22, 1935

Passenger List
Harry and Catti Bercovich
Home Address: 277 Park Avenue, New York, New York
Departure: New York, New York, January 23, 1937
Arrival: San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 26, 1937

At some point, Catti changed Bercovich to Berk.

Passenger List
Catti Berk
Departure: Mexico, October 5, 1955
Arrival: Los Angeles, California, October 5, 1955

Passenger List
Catti Berk
Departure: Mexico, July 19, 1957
Arrival: Los Angeles, California, July 19, 1957

Passenger List
Catti Berk
Home Address: 8085 Selma Avenue, Hollywood, California
Departure: Mexico, May 9, 1980
Arrival: Los Angeles, California, May 9, 1980

September 16, 1986, Santa Ana, California

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