Photography by JUCO | Retouching by Anna Glen at Wet Noodle
The Moment: 1978: The first Tales of the City book is published.
For nearly four decades, the Tales of the City series has influenced popular culture, and in 2014, creator Armistead Maupin officially said goodbye to his beloved characters — Mouse, Mary Ann, Mrs. Madrigal — with its final book, The Days of Anna Madrigal. This fall, the author’s hometown of San Francisco, where the books are set, celebrated the landmark by honoring the first Tales novel as its 10th annual One City One Book selection, emblazoning buses with ads that urged citizens to read it. Maupin’s favorite Tales moment? “Michael’s coming-out letter to his mom was my coming-out letter to my parents,” he says. “It’s hard to imagine now, but when the letter appeared [in 1977], it was shocking for someone to say they were gay, and that it was the best thing that ever happened to them.”
Photographed at the Macondray Lane apartments, the inspiration for Tales of the City’s 28 Barbary Lane, in San Francisco on September 10, 2014
Styling by Kiersten Stevens. Groomer: Ivan Mendoza. Shirt by Levi’s. Jacket by Union Made