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Thread #168926   Message #4082331
Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
07-Dec-20 - 07:55 PM
Thread Name: Stinson Records Revisted
Subject: RE: Stinson Records Revisted
And lost in the copypasta somehow was the part about Avakian going on to Yale where he met Marshall Stearns; joined the local Hot Club and was encouraged to start his letter writing campaign.

Also, in the second Barton lecture the date for the Jefferson Theater photograph is narrowed to the summer of 1936.

Irving Prosky per Mathew Barton & the U.S.A. census:

Jewish, born 1893, in Kiev. Shot by Cossacks in during the 1905 revolution. Emigrated from Russia to the United States as a teenager (c.1906-1912.)

Eventually settling in Detroit as a Socialist/Communist labor organizer working with William Z. Foster and getting “black-listed” before relocating to New York, N.Y. sometime in the 1920s.

As above, by 1930 he is working as a radio salesman and 2-3 years later hooks up with Charlie Stinson at the newly formed(?) Stinson Trading Company.

And that dear readers, is everything I know about “co-founder” Irving Prosky .