Category Archives: Art & Artists

Black Dahlia: Bizarre Outsider Art of Elizabeth Short on EBay

Fortunately, I saw this image before I had breakfast. This is a combo of a postcard of the Biltmore Hotel and an image of Elizabeth Short. It was done by Perry Johnson and is listed as Buy It Now for … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: A Crime Graphic Novel by James Ellroy, David Fincher, Matz and Miles Hyman

Take a close look: “The Black Dahlia ™.” Does that mean the publisher is trying to trademark “The Black Dahlia?”  Good luck with that.   I picked up a copy of the new graphic novel version of James Ellroy’s “The … Continue reading

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Who Can Spot the Mistake?

This illustration by Los Angeles artist Jeffrey Smith appeared in the New York Times on Jan. 16, 2016, accompanying a story about an elaborate hoax that occurred in 1941. Who can spot the mistake?

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L.A. Daily Mirror Holiday Gift 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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Cafe Frankenstein, When a Cappuccino was 70 Cents

Here’s something truly awesome: A menu for the Cafe Frankenstein in Laguna Beach with artwork by Burt Shonberg, listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $125.  I wrote about Cafe Frankenstein in 2011 when a group of slides was … Continue reading

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Marion Eisenmann on Etsy

Marion Eisenmann, who contributed such wonderful artwork to the Daily Mirror, has opened an Etsy shop. She’s offering a selection of mugs and cups with her artwork (we own two, and the morning grouch has become one of our favorites). … Continue reading

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Minus the Black Dahlia and George Hodel: ‘Man Ray and Human Equations’

The Washington Post has published an interesting review by Philip Kennicott of an exhibit at the Phillips Collection of Man Ray’s works. And yes, there isn’t a single mention of the ridiculous allegations about Ray, Dr. George Hodel and the … 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

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. “Cartoonist Gale” frequently drew a character known as … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

Longtime readers of the L.A. Daily Mirror will remember Marion Eisenmann’s contributions of artwork. She is also offering a few items with her artwork, as shown above. Contact Marion directly for more information about items in her store.

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

“Angel’s Flight” by Leo Politi. 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 for as little as $20. This painting shows … Continue reading

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Septerhed on Display at Starbucks

Nov. 25, 2014. Septerhed’s latest drawing at Starbucks. Since I encountered them more than a year ago, I have been a fan of Septerhed’s drawings, a recurring feature at the Starbucks at Spring and 6th streets in downtown Los Angeles.  … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro 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 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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‘Laura’ — The Making of a Film Noir Classic, Part 20

“I stood beside him in the bay window of Laura’s living room. East 62nd Street had yielded to the spirit of carnival…” The 200 block of East 62nd Street, New York, via Google Street View. In case you just tuned … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Do Something for Uncle Sam

“Do Something” via the Library of Congress. One hundred years ago on July 28, 1914, World War I erupted after Austria-Hungary fired the first shots invading Serbia in response to Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip’s shooting and killing of Archduke Franz … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, June 19, 1944

June 19, 1944 Gen. Eisenhower is the cover story in this week’s Life magazine. Life covers the D-day invasion…. And the Hollywood feature is the artwork of director Jean Negulesco. Courtesy of Google Books.

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, June 12, 1944

June 12, 1944 Life’s cover photo shows 500-pound bombs falling on an oil refinery in Leghorn, Italy. Where does Al Capp get ideas for his characters? Would you believe Veronica Lake? A feature on Humphrey Bogart says that while filming … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip, May 22, 1944

May 22, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, May 21 — Joan Bennett laughed when I mentioned that I had heard on the Twentieth lot that she was to co-star with Fred MacMurray in “Nob Hill.” “It looks,” said Joan, “as if I am … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood Gossip by Louella Parsons, April 29, 1944

April 29, 1944 We have a deeply embedded notion that the “Greatest Generation” dutifully paid their taxes because it was the patriotic thing to do. This editorial cartoon, by Edmund Waller “Ted” Gale of the Los Angeles Examiner, illustrates the … Continue reading

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