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Before and after digital restoration of subjects outside of the Granny Takes a Trip clothing store, c. 1970, photographer unknown.
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Jumpin’ Jack Flash, also known as JJ Flash, was one of the most notable purveyors of London-style glam rock fashion in 1970s New York City. Visited and shopped by some of music’s most treasured luminaries (Mick Jagger, Bootsy Collins, & the New York Dolls, to name a few), music history was made inside their 59th St. walls.
The first phase of this project had multiple steps, including the cleaning and basic restoration of clothing and shoes, precarious removal of photographs from the albums they were glued into, and documentation of the artifacts, along with digital restoration of the images.
The collection is held in my personal archive, and is the primary focus of my research.
Snooky and Tish Bellamo outside the original Manic Panic store on St. Marks Place, c. 1989, photographer unknown. Courtesy of PANYC.
PANYC, a side project of Manic Panic, is a digital archive of New York City punk history. Founded by a group of NYC proto-punks, the archive aims to document the incredible breadth of cultural artifacts from 1970s and 80s Manhattan -- from original stock sold at Manic Panic’s St. Marks Place storefront to Max’s Kansas City ephemera, to personal correspondance, the archive has it all.
This project began with inventorying the numerous separate collections and creating a game plan to work from. With many rare artifacts in poor condition, a conservation plan was imperative -- I advised archival materials and suggested storage best-practices for the collections.
Lee Bender Bus Stop dress, c. 1970, personal collection.
An ongoing passion and investment, my personal archive contains clothing, ephemera, and photographs from the 19th century to the 1970s. With a focus on British and American counterculture in the 1960s and 70s, the collection features rare clothing by Biba, Ossie Clark, and Mr Freedom, among others, anti-Vietnam war ephemera, the JJ Flash photograph collection, and a slew of 1970s underground magazines.
The growing collection informs my research on early 1970s glam rock culture in New York City.