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Alfred Bendiner   (1899 - 1964)

The following is excerpted from the program distributed at the 1997 Annual Patrons Dinner by the Charlestown Historical Society, September 14, 1997.
Self Portrait Alfred BendinerAlfred Bendiner, who lived in Charlestown (mostly on weekends) from 1948 to 1964 was born in Pittsburgh into a huge, highly eccentric Hungarian immigrant family. When he was eight, his parents moved to Philadelphia where he attended Northeast High School, art school, and after a year in the army, obtained his B.A. and M.A. in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. While architecture was his official profession, he could never stop drawing, traveling or telling funny stories - either in person or in print. The result is that he is best known for his writings and his drawings. Most famous are the series of caricatures he did of performing artists and celebrities for the Evening Bulletin during the 1930's and 1940's.
Alfred and his wife bought property on Whitehorse Road in 1948 from Sam and Eleanor Morris, with whom they remained good friends until Mrs. Bendiner's death in 1991. With his whimsical sense of humor, Bendiner promptly named the farm "&", because his mailbox on Whitehorse Road lay between Strawbridge and Clothier properties.
Mr. Bendiner's artwork hangs in many museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the National Gallery. Two books containing his drawings, published by A. S. Barnes & Co. are Bendiner's Philadelphia (c. 1964) and Translated from the Hungarian (c. 1967).

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