Vintage Sartorialist – Foncie Pulice – Vancouver street photographer 1934-1979

I remember seeing Alphonso (Foncie) Pulice once in the early 1970s on Granville street in downtown Vancouver. He would take snaps of people as they passed by and hand you a card where you could pick up the snap the next day (for a fee). In my family’s photo albums I know there are several pics of my grandmother, mother, and other relatives photographed by Pulice between the late 1930s and mid 1950s. Pulice started as a street photographer’s assistant in 1934 and retired the day he turned 65 in 1979. What I love about street photography is that this is fashion in reality – no red carpets:

For more Foncie images there is this archives where you can look at hundreds of images.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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