Captain Clair's Fish Market, Brooklyn, NY – 1953
Captain Clair's Fish Market, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1953. In the foreground from left to right are Captain Eddie Clair, a young Michael Maffai Jr. of Mike's Tackle & Bait Shop, artist Jon Gnagy and Abe Seltzer. Photograph by Cecil Clovelly.
Along with a big love for fishing, Jon Gnagy (1907-1981) was a self-taught artist most remembered for being America's original television art instructor, hosting "You Are an Artist", which began on the NBC network and his later syndicated "Learn to Draw" series. His shows aired from the early 1950s throughout the 1960s. Over fifteen million of Gnagy's drawing kits have been sold and the Philadelphia-based Martin F. Weber Company still manufactures Gnagy's drawing kits.
Along with the fish market, Captain Eddie Clair operated the party boats "ROVER", "TAMBO" and "VICTORY" from Sheepshead Bay, and was the son of New York's Circle Line sightseeing cruises co-founder Frank Clair. Mike's Tackle & Bait shop was a familiar fixture on Emmons Ave in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn and run by the Maffai family for forty-five years before closing in 1997.