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Al Robbins biting snake, 1987-09-28

Identifier: SC003-P-092

Scope and Contents

"If your snake bites you, bite him back," Al Robbins advised sixth-graders." [Times-Advocate, 28 September 1987, page 5. Photograph by Dan Rios. Al Robbins was a snake expert and magician who spoke to local schools, including Del Dios Middle School, where he starred at year-opening assemblies for at least four years. Robbins performed magic and played the violin on the East Coast vaudeville circuit in the 1920s. Information provided by Alexa Clausen.]


  • Publication: 1987-09-28


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From the Collection: 222.31 Linear Feet (186 containers totaling 195 boxes and drawers of various sizes, roughly sized like postcard boxes. Metal containers house 2 or 3 drawers each.)


From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the CSUSM Special Collections Repository

California State University San Marcos Library
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