Found on EBay – ‘Los Angeles in Blockprint’

Ruess Los Angeles in Blockprint

Here’s a stunning discovery. You may recall the saga of Everett Ruess, the young vagabond artist, photographer and poet who vanished in 1935 while exploring southern Utah and whose life remains an inspiration for people intoxicated with the romance of the desert.

This book, “Los Angeles in Blockprint,” is by Ruess’ mother, Stella,  and was published in 1932, possibly for the Olympics, which were held in Los Angeles. The cover artwork, above, shows the Coliseum.

Ruess Los Angeles in Blockprint

And here’s City Hall, with the windows lit to form a cross.

Bidding on this item starts at somewhat staggering $575, so it won’t be coming to the Daily Mirror HQ. But it is a remarkable find. As with anything on EBay, an item and vendor should be evaluated thoroughly before submitting a bid.


About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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One Response to Found on EBay – ‘Los Angeles in Blockprint’

  1. The circumstances under which this book and another by Stella Ruess were done, her family, and a discussion of the life and artwork of her son Everett are contained in my recently published book “Everett Ruess: His Short Life, Mysterious Death, and Astonishing Afterlife,” University of California Press, 2011. Los Angeles was undergoing a cultural blip at the time, and the Ruess family was part of that club movement. I also worked at the Los Angeles Times, from 1964 to 1975. Curiously the Times did not review this book, my thirteenth and last.


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