A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from January 29, 2015
“You must have great pots and pans” (joke)

Entry in progress—B.P.

When Jack London had his portrait made by the noted San Francisco photographer Arnold Genthe, London began the encounter with effusive praise for the photographic art of his friend and fellow bohemian, Genthe. “you must have a wonderful camera...It must be the best camera in the world...You must show me your camera.” Genthe then used his standard studio camera to make what has since become a classic picture of Jack London. When the sitting was finished, Genthe could not contain himself: “I have read your books, Jack, and I think they are important works of art. You must have a wonderful typewriter.” - Anonymous

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Sean & David’s Long Drive
By Sean Condon
Oakland, CA: Lonely Planet Publications
Pg. 251:
“Aaaanyway, apparently he was in New York once, at the dinner party of some wealthy socialite who was a very big fan of his work. And at some point during the course of the dinner, she made a remark along the lines of “You take such beautiful photographs, Mr So and So. You must have a wonderful camera.”
Pg. 252:
“You’re a good driver David,” cried Jill as we left. “You must have a wonderful car.”

Google Groups: rec.photo.equipment.35mm
How do I get great looking photos like those found in photo magazines
A story worth considering.

Mary looked at Bob’s 11x14 prints when she visited his home and was very impressed. “Bob, these pictures are excellent. You must have a really good camera.”

Next week, Bob attended Mary’s dinner party. The food was superb. After dinner, he rose to toast Mary’s culinary skills. “Madam Hostess, this dinner was excellent. You must have really good pots and pans.”

Google Groups: rec.photo.equipment.35mm
Who has the best primes on average? Look here! - but is it really a big deal?
This reminds me of the old story of the photographer invited to the dinner party.  As he was greeted by the hostess, she said, “I have seen your pictures. You must have a truly wonderful camera.” Although upset, he said nothing. After enjoying the conversation and food at dinner, he turned to the hostess and said, “The food was magnificent, you must have a truly wonderful stove.”

Re: “You must have a great camera!”
In reply to Ger Bee, Nov 19, 2003
I found this story somewhere...can’t give proper credit to the teller, but it goes something like this:

A man has a hot date...the woman comes to his house and see some of his photo’s lying around and says,"Wow, you must have a terrific camera to produce these lovely pictures!” The man doesn’t say anything at that moment. The date goes well and the woman invites him over to her house for dinner and drinks the next night. The next night he arrives and they have an exquisite dinner...afterwards with the cognac the woman asks the man how he liked the dinner. He said, “Terrific dinner...you must have great pots and pans.”

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Wake Up and Smell the Poop!:
The Myths, Deceptions, Lies and Obsessions That Keep You from Having the Perfect Dog

By Don Sullivan
Xlibris Corporation (Xlibris.com)
Pg. 128:
We all know the story about being at a dinner and showing photos to others at the table when the waitress commented, “Those are great pictures! You must have a great camera.” When the check came, the photographer said to the waitress, “That was an excellent meal! You must have great pots.”

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Beautiful Beasties:
A Creative Guide to Modern Pet Photography

By Jamie Pflughoeft
Indianapolis, IN: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Pg. 22:
The story goes that famed photographer Helmut Newton attended a dinner party at the house of an acquaintance. The host/cook approached Newton and said, “Your photos are very good. You must have a great camera.” After dinner, the host/cook turned to Newton and asked what he thought of the food. Newton’s reply was, “It was really excellent. You must have great pots and pans.”

El Defensor Chieftain (Socorro, NM)
Mama don’t take my Kodachrome
by John Larson | January 29, 2015
While we were talking I was reminded of the old joke where a photographer has a girl over to his house and there are some of photos framed on the wall. She says, “These are beautiful. You must have a great camera.” The next time, she has him over to her house and cooks him dinner. He says, “This is delicious. You must have great pots and pans.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, January 29, 2015 • Permalink

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