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[Snapshots of the Original Dean Guitar Factory]

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[Snapshots of the Original Dean Guitar Factory]

250.00

An album of intimate views of the early years of Dean Guitars, likely captured from its original factory at 2125 Dewey Ave. in Evanston, Illinois in about 1978 (given environs and physical appearance of company founder, Dean Zelinsky when judged against images and content on his detailed, company history entries at deanzelinsky.com, the most exhaustive source on the formative years of Dean we could locate).

Images capture a young, long-haired Zelinsky at work in the factory and at a desk as well as in process and finished examples of the initial line of Dean models (including the Z, ML, and V). Zelinsky started Dean as a 19-year old in 1976 and quickly rose to prominence in the music industry, largely by copying and improving upon established rock guitar designs from more famous and established makers like Gibson and Ibanez. His guitars were a hit and quickly adopted by bonafide rock legends including Randy Rhoads, Sammy Hagar and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. The company was later sold and is now operated independent of Zelinsky, though it continues to be one of the most popular and recognizable guitar names in modern rock and heavy metal music.


Three additional, later prints, appear to capture Zelinsky and his brother, Roger, in about 1983 and 1987 (with a lengthy, verso inscription from Roger to one). An uncommon and rich vernacular glimpse into the formative years of an iconic American rock guitar maker. 

[Music] : [Guitars]. [Snapshots of the Original Dean Guitar Factory]. [Chicago, Illinois]: [ca. 1978]. 20 black and white snapshot photographs, each approximately 5" x 3 1/2." Each loosely fit beneath plastic overlays, to rectos and versos of 10 card leaves bound together in a small spiral bound photomat album (PHOTO WORLD of Chicago). [WITH] 3 additional, loose color snapshots (dated 1983-1987). Album prints with some discolor, cracking to the emulsions, likely from storage against the non-archival plastic overlays. As a result, about good only.

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An album of intimate views of the early years of Dean Guitars, likely captured from its original factory at 2125 Dewey Ave. in Evanston, Illinois in about 1978 (given environs and physical appearance of company founder, Dean Zelinsky when judged against images and content on his detailed, company history entries at deanzelinsky.com, the most exhaustive source on the formative years of Dean we could locate).

Images capture a young, long-haired Zelinsky at work in the factory and at a desk as well as in process and finished examples of the initial line of Dean models (including the Z, ML, and V). Zelinsky started Dean as a 19-year old in 1976 and quickly rose to prominence in the music industry, largely by copying and improving upon established rock guitar designs from more famous and established makers like Gibson and Ibanez. His guitars were a hit and quickly adopted by bonafide rock legends including Randy Rhoads, Sammy Hagar and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. The company was later sold and is now operated independent of Zelinsky, though it continues to be one of the most popular and recognizable guitar names in modern rock and heavy metal music.


Three additional, later prints, appear to capture Zelinsky and his brother, Roger, in about 1983 and 1987 (with a lengthy, verso inscription from Roger to one). An uncommon and rich vernacular glimpse into the formative years of an iconic American rock guitar maker. 

[Music] : [Guitars]. [Snapshots of the Original Dean Guitar Factory]. [Chicago, Illinois]: [ca. 1978]. 20 black and white snapshot photographs, each approximately 5" x 3 1/2." Each loosely fit beneath plastic overlays, to rectos and versos of 10 card leaves bound together in a small spiral bound photomat album (PHOTO WORLD of Chicago). [WITH] 3 additional, loose color snapshots (dated 1983-1987). Album prints with some discolor, cracking to the emulsions, likely from storage against the non-archival plastic overlays. As a result, about good only.