Frank Sinatra- Ol’ Blue Eyes himself- may have (slightly) proceeded the Social Media age, but he still managed to accumulate an impressive friends list, keeping track of them in his own “Social Bible”.
Frank’s little black book, described by man of the world magazine as an “oxblood leather social bible that reads like a who’s who of the jet set’s gilded age”, contains the ominous fortune cookie warning (“Beware of friends who are false and deceitful”), pasted above a generic smiley face, which we assume Frank picked up from his days hanging out at the Hacienda listening to acid house during the second summer of love.
As well as (we assume) a fair few underworld contacts, the address book contains meticulously updated contact details of everyone from the Regan’s US ambassador to England, to Elvis Presley’s manager, Sidney Poitier, and John “kill ’em all and let God sort em out” Wayne.
This charming piece of communications history recently sold at auction for the bargain price of only US$8,960.
In other related news, in celebration of Sinatra’s upcoming centennial, NME reports there will be an exhibition at New York Public Library, an HBO documentary, and new releases of his music by Capitol, Sony and Universal. It sounds like a few people have a debt to square…