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Gene Anthony Gallery of Digger Photographs

Gene was one of the on-the-spot street photographers who captured the Haight-Ashbury scene from the moment of its budding. Professionally trained, Gene turned his skills toward the unfolding events in the new community. He captured images of the soon-to-be-famous but that wasn't his intent (unlike other star photographers of the Sixties.) His lens caught a culture that was forming which would transform society.

This gallery is of low-resolution images that show up on pages throughout the web—but specifically Digger-related. Here are images of the early Digger Feeds in the Panhandle; the Death of Money Parade in December, 1966, and the bust of the two Hells Angels who rode along; images of the interior and exterior of the first Free Store on Page street; and the early morning Twin Peaks fog on the occasion of the first counterculture celebration of the Summer Solstice. If Gene ever decides to allow access to his collection, I would love to expand this gallery with what undoubtedly are dozens (if not more) images of the Diggers at play.

"Death and Rebirth of the Haight (aka Death of Money) Parade", December 17, 1966. See Trip Without A Ticket for a description of the Digger notion of street event.
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Digger Free Feed in the Panhandle. (1967)
Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic
 

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The Straight Theater which took over the old vaudeville movie house and kept the marquee. Several Digger (as well as other group) events took place here, 1967-68.

Chocolate George in the driveway of the Free Frame of Reference free store on Page Street, Dec. 17, 1966
Phyllis getting ticketed for riding on Hairy Henry's chopper, Dec. 17, 1966.

Remnants of the Death of Money Parade, Dec. 17, 1966.
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Iconic photo of the joy ride that led to the bust of two Hells Angels and all that followed, Dec. 17, 1966.
Inside the Free Frame of Reference, the first free store, Page Street, Dec. 17, 1966
 

Phyllis getting ticketed.
 
Inside the Free Frame of Reference.
 
First counterculture celebration of the Summer Solstice, June 21, 1967
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