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Artist: Art Stenholm

Central Park

Along with pinball, Fiorello LaGuardia disliked organ grinders. In his effort to clean up New York City, he banned them from public performances in 1936. His reasons ranged from traffic congestion, so-called “licensed begging”, and even connections to organized crime. Most of all, LaGuardia resented the stereotypes against Italian immigrants. LaGuardia had himself been bullied in his childhood with racist taunts and comparisons to the street performers.

Stenholm portrays the organ grinder and his monkeys entertaining strolling bystanders, including the smiling policeman with his club. The smaller monkey with earmuffs seems to be playing another bell or drum. In the left background under a tree is a dark red statue (or ghost?) from the Union army looking on. There is no similar statue in the real Central Park. Unusual!

- Melissa Harmon

Donated by: Larry Zartarian

Pacific Pinball Museum

1510 Webster Street

Alameda, Ca 94501

(510) 769-1349

info@pacificpinball.org

HOURS:

TEMPORARILY CLOSED

MONDAY: CLOSED for Game Repairs

TUESDAY - THURSDAY: 11AM - 9PM

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: 11AM - 10PM

SUNDAY: 11AM - 9PM

CLOSED: 

Mondays, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day, 

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