Category Archives: Art & Artists

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hugo Ballin, L.A. Muralist

Photographs by Larry Harnisch / LADailyMirror.com Mural in the Los Angeles Times Globe Lobby, dated July 19, 1934, by Hugo Ballin Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Hugo Ballin is one of the greatest muralists in Los Angeles … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

Note: This is an encore post from 2011. I picked up “The Big Picture,” Melba Levick and Stanley Young’s 1988 book about Los Angeles murals, not realizing what a terribly sad book it would be. As Young notes: “Most artists … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

Note: This is a repost from 2013. True style never goes out of date, after all. We are being bombarded by stories about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with videos of long lines at stores and the attendant consumer frenzy. … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

“Angel’s Flight” by Leo Politi. Note: This is an encore post from 2014. Another of my favorite books about Los Angeles is Leo Politi’s “Bunker Hill Los Angeles: Reminiscences of Bygone Days,” published in 1964. Copies are listed on Bookfinder … Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor Survivor Kills Himself

Can’t draw? You too can be a famous cartoonist. Note: This is an encore post from 2012. Jan. 10, 1942:  Pearl Harbor survivor William Parks kills himself in San Francisco after going AWOL. “His note to his wife indicated that … Continue reading

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Navy Releases Accounts of Pearl Harbor

Note: This is an encore post from 2011. Dec. 22, 1941: The Navy releases three personal accounts of the Pearl Harbor attack. Many acts of heroism are described, and these few lines shed more light on the presence of African … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

Note: This is a repost from 2013. Whenever I’m asked about my favorite books on Los Angeles, my first recommendation is “Nuestro Pueblo,” a selection of features by Times artist Charles Owens and writer Joseph Seewerker that appeared in The … Continue reading

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Rose Parade Encounter Leads to Killing of Arcadia Woman

Note: This is an encore post from 2013 Aug. 9, 1963: “In Saigon, 400 miles to the south, police geared for trouble as a young, unidentified monk announced plans to burn himself to death in the continuing Buddhist struggle for … Continue reading

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War Cancels Rose Parade, Dec. 14, 1941

Note: This is a post from 2011. Dec. 14, 1941: The Rose Parade is canceled and the Rose Bowl – between Duke and Oregon State – is moved to Durham, N.C. The streets of Pasadena were oddly quiet on New … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Celebrates Christmas, 1913

Note: This is an encore post from 2013. Dec. 25, 1913: The Times carries a biblical passage across the nameplate (notice the artwork of the new and old Times buildings) and a Page 1 cartoon by Edmund Waller “Ted” Gale. … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

“Angel’s Flight” by Leo Politi. Note: This is an encore post from 2014. Another of my favorite books about Los Angeles is Leo Politi’s “Bunker Hill Los Angeles: Reminiscences of Bygone Days,” published in 1964. Copies are listed on Bookfinder … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

Note: This is a repost from 2013. Whenever I’m asked about my favorite books on Los Angeles, my first recommendation is “Nuestro Pueblo,” a selection of features by Times artist Charles Owens and writer Joseph Seewerker that appeared in The … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

Note: This is a repost from 2013. True style never goes out of date, after all. We are being bombarded by stories about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with videos of long lines at stores and the attendant consumer frenzy. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – Einar Petersen and His ‘Aladdin and His Lamp’ Murals

One of Einar Petersen’s murals at the Spring Street Guaranty Building and Loan Assn., courtesy of Mary Mallory Note: This is an encore post from 2013. Curbed L.A. recently reported on the renovations at the building. Fame is fleeting. An … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Jacques Kapralik, Reading Between the Lines

While most people don’t recognize the name Jacques Kapralik, they recognize his wonderful art. One of the premiere key art illustrators at Hollywood’s motion picture studios in the 1940s and 1950s, Kapralik could do more with line and paper than … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Alberto Vargas Glorifies 1940s Young American Woman

Vargas poses with Kay Aldridge in a photo published in Cine-Mundial. Note: This is an encore post from 2014. “One day I will paint a Vargas girl so beautiful, so perfect, so typical of the American Girl, that I shall … Continue reading

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March 5, 1959: Blinded by Bullet, Officer Shoots Gunman Who Killed Partner

Note: I’m way behind on revisiting old blog posts but here’s one I especially like. It’s a little story about  LAPD artist Ector A. Garcia. Garcia also published a paperback “Portraits of Crime” in 1977. It’s a bit hard to … Continue reading

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Gentlemen, Your Wedding Photos Are Ready After 62 Years, Part 2

Yesterday, I posted a few photos from 1957 showing a wedding between two unidentified men. Before we get to the event, let’s look at some of the decor to see if we can find any clues. Whoever snapped these pictures … Continue reading

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Ed Fuentes: We Lose a Member of the Brain Trust

Dear friends and members of the Brain Trust. We lost a charter member with the death of Ed Fuentes, who apparently suffered a fatal heart attack, according to Facebook. Ed was the subject of my first column at The Times … Continue reading

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Feb. 3, 1939: Nuestro Pueblo

Feb. 3, 1939: Nuestro Pueblo, by Joe Seewerker with illustrations by Charles Owens, was one of my favorite discoveries in The Times. The columns were collected and published in a book that is also one of my favorites. It’s a … Continue reading

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