Freaks 4 Franco in Guelph, ON

James Franco is in Guelph Ontario’s Ward neighborhood shooting a miniseries based on Stephen King’s book 11.22.63  and people are camping out to catch a glimpse of Franco and possibly get a selfie with him.
Last night I decided to check out the pandemonium in the Ward and see if I could get a shot of the 1950’s diner that was built for the miniseries with my Rolleiflex (and maybe get a shot of Stephen King – I love his books). Sadly the area is completely cut-off and I could only see a few letters of the diner, so I thought some shots of ravenous Guelphite fans would be fun. I arrived at the corner of Alice and Huron Streets about 4 minutes before James Franco appeared for a lemonade photo-op and  a crowd selfie.

And this morning I found out that the mother of the little boy selling Franco Fever cure-all-lemonade in this shot is a friend of a friend! Guelph can be SMALL.

And then everyone crushed James Franco for a photo and with that it was over.  Sometime after this, a 19 year old kid crashed his motorcycle here with pockets full of crystal meth; but I had gone home by then.

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As an end note: It’s pretty generous that James Franco or anyone else “that is famous” makes the time to meet their fans or celeb junkies etc. – because when I am working the last thing I want is my rhythm and focus to be interrupted.

Brick Canvas, Clothcraft, OH

The Joseph & Feiss Company was located in Cleveland, Ohio and is the oldest manufacturer of tailored apparel for men in the United States. The company was founded in 1841 as the Koch, Kauffman & Loeb General Store in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

At it’s peak the company sold over 200,000 of it’s Clothcraft label $15 blue serge No. 5130 “Model T” suits a year.

In 1989, Joseph & Feiss and its 46 apparel speciality stores were acquired by Hugo Boss and shortly thereafter production was moved to Brooklyn.

In 1998 Ameri-Con Homes acquired the former facility and announced condominiums would be built. In 2006 fire destroyed the initial townhome frameworks and then developers bank foreclosed. The property failed to sell at a Sheriff’s sale and was eventually split and sold at private auction.

In 2011 Ohio awarded $1 million in preservation tax towards rehabilitating the remaining structure into 62 market-rate apartments. To date nothing has started.

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