Category Archives: Art & Artists

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 True style never goes out of date, after all.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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Sept. 7, 1947: The Comics Pages

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Say kids, it’s Sunday morning, let’s look at the comics. Why it’s a 10-page section, imagine that. Los Angeles Times, World’s Greatest Comics—15 cents. That would … Continue reading

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July 18, 1947: The Timeless, Subtle Wit of Ernie Bushmiller’s ‘Nancy’

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. NANCY BY ERNIE BUSHMILLER Panel 1: Exterior, Day. A city sidewalk. Nancy and Sluggo are carrying heavy packages on their shoulders. NANCY: Wow… These packages are … Continue reading

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June 10, 1947: Artist John Decker Speaks at His Funeral Via Recording

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. From a transcription he made six weeks before his death, Artist John Decker’s voice came back to intone his philosophy at his funeral yesterday. In his … Continue reading

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May 22, 1947: Art Club Calls LACMA Exhibit ‘Subversive Propaganda’

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. The California Art Club yesterday lambasted the current Los Angeles County Museum art exhibit—the museum’s eighth annual show—as favoring “radical art” and containing “subversive propaganda.” …Edward … Continue reading

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Jan. 8, 1947: Judge Denies ‘Hollywood’ Divorce for Actress Virginia Engels ‘The Orchid Queen’

Note: This is a post I wrote in 2006 for the 1947project. Jan. 8, 1947: The apartment was so small that her husband, James Robert Dennis, asked her to go home to live with her parents. He said he’d call … Continue reading

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Jan. 6, 1947: Artist Dies While Hanging From Ceiling to Ease Spinal Pain

Note: This is a post I wrote in 2006 for the 1947project. Jan. 6, 1947: Charles Clyde Atchison, 66, a sculptor and stone mason, had back problems—at least that’s what he told his sister Leona of 1110 W. 30th St. … Continue reading

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Jan. 1, 1947: New Year’s Resolutions

Note: This is a post I wrote in 2006 for the 1947project. Also notice that because newsprint was scarce, the Los Angeles Times didn’t publish the classified ads so it could provide adequate space for stories – I cannot imagine … 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

“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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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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