I can’t see Jerry’s photos all that well and it’s driving me crazy. I want to say that one of the black-and-white framed pictures is a Barney Fife, though Seinfeld never made mention of Mayberry and it also feels more like a Coney Island shot. An ice cream cart, selling waffle cones for a nickel.
A lot changed in Seinfeld’s apartment in the ‘90s, but his hanging art wasn’t in flux like his furniture and kitchen cabinets were. Going in, I hedged my bets that the Internet would have tons on it. The boards would be overflowing with answers and debates about the show’s choices for wall décor.
But the pickings are slim. The answers are few and far between. The only solid ID I got was that Jerry has a black Porsche 911 behind glass, “catching air going over a hill.” Not very Jerry, but the real Jerry is a Porsche lover. So that’s one down and maybe a dozen to go.
A guy who goes by Anonymous Coward was baffled by a photo of Obama in the apartment. Turns out it was most likely either a promo for the Memphis Chicks baseball team (a now-defunct AA farm team for the White Sox) or Chinese characters. That’s a wide swing of the investigative pendulum, but this is the Internet so what can you do?
That’s one photo I’ll never know what it was. (Jpegs from the show are so small, I blow them up and all I have are blurry boxes. There’s a good pic of the couch Poppie peed on, and also a lot of stills from George’s rant about the fictional Jerk Store.)
Some of the stuff may be good art. I’d like to think so. I’m always the Seinfeld optimist, the bizarro fan, if you will. There’s good in every drawer that Elaine looks in, every phone message that George scrambles.
So if you know what those photos were on Jerry’s walls, give me a holler. I’ll be at the Jerk Store while there’s still some of me in it.
Causes Sean Jackson Supports
PFLAG, Amnesty International, AA, Catholic Social Services