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Pop Laval 1918 Original Antique Photo, Fresno Architecture Bank of America Building

Pop Laval 1918 Original Antique Photo, Fresno Architecture Bank of America Building in photography
Pop Laval 1918 Original Antique Photo, Fresno Architecture Bank of America Building in photography

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SALE . . . 50% OFF! Very early black and white photo of downtown Fresno, California's Bank of America Building, the birthplace of the first bank credit card, VISA!

This is a very rare Claude C. 'Pop' Laval original antique black and white photo of downtown Fresno architecture. The H. Bank of Italy-Bank of America Building in the foreground is nearing completion, located at 1001 Fulton Mall. Note the old cars and the period clothing shown in the detail photo.

Laval was the era's well known successful Central Valley area photographer. He arrived in Fresno in 1910 and began his commercial photography career (which lasted 55 years) in 1918. So, this is one of his earliest commercial photographs. Rare. It is a marked print, #A3794 dated 5-7-18 which can also be seen in the detail photo. This was found with a group of Laval photos and we are quite certain that it is his. 8" x 10"

The building also holds an interesting place in American finance history. In 1958, Bank of America chose Fresno as the nation's first test market for a new concept, a bank issued credit card, Bank Americard, which is today VISA. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is currently awaiting renovation. (Historic information was obtained from www.downtownfresno.org.)

And, it's now ON SALE at a huge 50% OFF!

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