What's going on, Albuquerque?
Are the Sandias shrouded in the background? What is now located at the site? Who's the gent? Date?
Col. D.K.B. Sellars, the major land developer who platted the first Nob Hill and University Heights neighborhoods beginning in 1916. The photo was taken in 1937 and some quick online browsing suggests the sign was in the vicinity of Tulane and Silver.
Upon further review, since it's winter (overcoat) the shadows indicate a morning photo, sun coming from the SE over the Manzanos. Camera view then is to the SW over undeveloped acreage. Sign is oriented westward to eastbound drivers on Coal coming up to Nob Hill from downtown. What is the building in the background? This photo is from 1937. A 1935 aerial photo of Nob Hill shows many buildings on and northeast of Central. http://www.nobhill-nm.com/resources/neighborhood-history/ So this cannot be the Sandias shrouded by clouds in the background. Can anyone confirm the location of this sign?
From Article by Richard Metcalf in the ABQ Journal May 9, 2011
Colonel D.K.B. Sellers, wearing a fedora and greatcoat, saw only untapped potential in the sparse landscape when he had photos taken of himself next to a “NOB HILL” sign on stilts for his 1937 custom-made holiday greeting card that would become an iconic image of the area.
“Happy New Year from the Newest & Finest Located Residential District in Albuquerque,” says the black-and-white card framed and hanging on the wall of his granddaughter’s house in the Northeast Heights.
Mayor of Albuquerque at the time of statehood in 1912, Sellers was a jack-of-all-trades in business whose imprint on the city is largely from real estate development. Granddaughter Sally Veseth remembers him as a Runyonesque hustler who was well-read, well-traveled and “very, very gregarious.”
He was called Col. Sellers, even in newspaper articles, because it fit into the rather grandiose image he had of himself, she said.
“He was never in the military. It was an honorary title someone gave to him,” she said. “He latched onto it.”
The historic and well-known Nob Hill photo, which shows one of Sellers’ beloved hunting spaniels, was taken in the vicinity of Tulane and Silver SE. The name “Nob Hill” was inspired by a high-rent area on one of the inner hills in San Francisco, where Sellers had worked and lived, Veseth said.
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