Category Archives: Art & Artists

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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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Bessie Lasky, Painter

  Bessie Lasky in her studio, courtesy of Jesse L. Lasky.com. Though overshadowed by her husband, Jesse, Bessie Lasky was as much an artist as he, a multitalented artist in many fields with some renown from the 1920s through the … Continue reading

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January 1972: Andrew Wyeth Will Do Nixon Portrait. Wait, No He Won’t.

January 1972: A fun little contretemps about whether Andrew Wyeth would paint a portrait of then-President Nixon. The original post appeared on latimes.com in 2009 and is available via Archive.org.

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Black Dahlia: How Low Can You Go in Merchandising the Black Dahlia?

I occasionally scan the Web to see what’s out on the distant fringes of the Black Dahlia case. And wow. This is fringe. Here we have a portrait of Elizabeth Short – post-mutilation – painted in the artist’s blood. Listed … 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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Black Dahlia: 6 Reasons Dr. George Hodel Didn’t Kill Elizabeth Short — No. 3 Not Pals With Man Ray

The “minotaur love/death cult of Hollywood” is apparently getting a big play in “I Am the Night.” Oh dear. Here are six reasons Dr. George Hodel did not kill Elizabeth Short that you will need to know before watching the … 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: John Decker – Painter to the Stars

Chester Conklin by John Decker, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. “To sing, to laugh, to dream, to walk in my own way and be alone…” A recording of John Decker’s voice recited this … Continue reading

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Oct. 18, 1907: Newspaper Cartoonist Ted Gale Makes His Point

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 18, 1907 Los Angeles For the last month, the pages of The Times have been peppered with pen-and-ink cartoons signed Gale—in fact some of them have already appeared in the blog, … Continue reading

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Sept. 19, 1947: L.A. OKs Right Turn on Red Light!

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Adopted across the country and lampooned by Woody Allen, Los Angeles’ right turn on a red light was born in obscurity. Although the city used traffic … Continue reading

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Sept. 14, 1947: How Many HR Violations Can You Spot in One Ad?

Sept. 14, 1947: Let’s see. White couples or single women wanted. Age limit 55 years. No, we don’t do this anymore.

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Sept. 11, 1947: Driver of Beer Wagon Gets Revenge on Streetcars

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. “Big Bill,” driver for Maier & Zobelein, blockaded a procession of cars on Spring Street yesterday afternoon because he was insulted and angry. He had driven … Continue reading

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Sept. 10, 1947: In Love but Unable to Marry First Cousin, 17, Man Shoots Himself

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. There are some obstacles that even love cannot overcome, or so David Everett has discovered. The 30-year-old mechanic is in critical condition at Torrance General Hospital … Continue reading

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Sept. 9, 1947: Roundup of the News — Put Salt in Coffee?

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. In New Delhi, unimaginable carnage. “I counted the bodies of at least 30 Moslems, men, women and children, who were chopped up like beef by bearded … Continue reading

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