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Don Leon's Petite Symphony Orchestra

DropCap by Jaguarwoman.comhe above picture is a copy of an original flyer for Don's orchestra when they appeared at two theatres that were in San Francisco, California. This showbill is from some time during 1920's and to about 1931. I have a newspaper clipping from The San Francisco Chronicle dated 1930, regarding Don's purchase of a new Graham Paige automobile that refers to "Don Leon popular leader of the New Fillmore theater band". 

The New Fillmore Theatre was located at, 1329 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, California (map). The New Fillmore opened in 1917, closed in 1957, and eventually torn down. You may see pictures of the beautiful New Fillmore Theatre Here. The New Fillmore Theatre was a sister theater to The New Mission Theatre located at 2550 Mission Street, San Francisco, California (map). The New Mission opened in 1916, closed in 1993 and has been used as a furniture showroom. It is still standing today and is in the process of being designated a City Landmark. Pictures of the New Mission Theatre can be seen Here. These photographs were taken in 1943 and are part of The San Francisco Library Photographic Collection that is "on-line".

I have been able to find Don in the 1930 U.S. Census for San Francisco, California, where he lived with his wife Sallie, their daughter Loraine, and his mother Ella (Rubinstein) Frankel on Vasquez Avenue.

NOTE: I am especially thankful to my sister, Janis R. (Frankel) Rieks, for the clippings, photos and memorabilia about our father that she recently came across and the copies that she sent to me.

See these links for more pictures and documents regarding Abraham Frankel:

Frankel, Abraham - Biography and photo of Don and his brother Robert
Frankel, Abraham - As a young boy age 6 or 7
Frankel, Abraham - Certificate of Completion from Conservatory of Music, Vienna, Austria
Frankel, Abraham - Musical America Clip
Frankel, Abraham - Air Service Band Clip
Frankel, Abraham "Don Leon" - Orchestra

Abraham Frankel in tree . . .

Last Updated  ~  August 28, 2013

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