Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Millard Sheets, Mural Painting Depicting the Founding of Los Angeles, c. 1931–39. California Historical Society Title Insurance and Trust / C.C. Pierce Photography Collection at USC Libraries, CHS-7519 
On September 4, 1781, forty-four Hispanic men, women, and children of Native American, African, and European descent departed from Mission San Gabriel Arcángel accompanied by two mission priests and four soldiers. Los Pobladores (the settlers) walked nine miles to a location on the banks of the Porciúncula (Los Angeles River). There they established El Pueblo de la Reyna de los Angeles (the town of the Queen of the Angels).

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Type Tuesday - Timely Typography

A recent donation of 1970s era Timely Typography catalogs continues to inspire us with bright colors and exaggerated designs. 

Jaime Henderson

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Type Tuesday - Solotype

Dan X. Solo and his Solotype is a Type Tuesday favorite that was just recently introduced CHS' Graphic Designer Tim Evans. So for this Type Tuesday we offer an assortment of his Solo favorites!

Jaime Henderson (with help from Tim Evans)

Friday, August 14, 2015

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING — Stern Grove: "Mystical" Gift to San Francisco

Stern Grove Amphitheater, 2005; courtesy of the Stern Grove Festival Association
Stern Grove Amphitheater, 2005; courtesy of the Stern Grove Festival Association
August 16, 2015, concludes the 78th Stern Grove Festival—the annual outdoor performing arts event sponsored by the City of San Francisco—at the historic Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove south of Golden Gate Park.

As the season closes, we recall the history of Stern Grove and celebrate the contributions of the celebrated landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916–2009). Halprin’s design for the 2005 renovation of the Stern Grove Amphitheater has created what Stern Grove Board Chairman Doug Goldman describes as “a world-class park and performing space.”

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING — The 50th Anniversary of L.A.’s Watts Riots: Anna Halprin and the Studio Watts Workshop

Arson and Street War, Life magazine, August 27, 1965 Courtesy California ephemera collection, UCLA Library Special Collections
Arson and Street War, Life magazine, August 27, 1965
Courtesy California ephemera collection, UCLA Library Special Collections
Fifty years ago, from August 11 to 17, 1965, a community was shattered. A city was torn apart. Property was destroyed. Lives were lost.
The Watts Riots in Los Angeles—to some a riot, to others a rebellion—were set off by the arrest of a black drunk driver and the altercations that followed. While the McCone Commission’s investigation rooted the turmoil in inequality, poverty, and racial discrimination, a 1970 Institute of Government and Public Affairs survey of almost 600 Watts-area residents cited poor neighborhood conditions, mistreatment by whites, and economic conditions.

Type Tuesday - Strathmore Paper Company

"The way to demonstrate the style of the merchandise is by means of illustration."

Strathmore Paper Company's brochure advertising their line of Expressive Papers features wonderful illustrations of men's sportswear, accessories and haberdashery. Printed on Strathmore's Bannockburn Cover in white on lightweight stock the illustrations capture the sartorial elegance of the 1940s era sporting man. 

Jaime Henderson,

Monday, August 10, 2015

This Day in History - August 10: The U.S. Rights a Wrong

The evacuation of Japanese-Americans from West Coast areas under U.S. Army war emergency order Japanese try to sell their belongings. Photographer: Russell Lee. Library of Congress.
Japanese Americans sell their belongings prior to evacuation from the West Coast. 
Photographer: Russell Lee. Library of Congress. 
On August 10, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Civil Liberties Act which issued a formal apology and a sum of $20,000, to every American of Japanese ancestry imprisoned in “relocation” camps during World War II.  “Here we admit a wrong,” said President Reagan in his accompanying remarks, “Here we affirm our commitment as a nation to equal justice under the law.”

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Type Tuesday - Stephenson and Blake Co.

Today we feature Playbill, "a new-old type" designed by Robert Harling and offered by the foundry of Stephenson Blake Co.,Sheffield, England in 1939. 

Jaime Henderson,

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Photo as Object and Object as Photo

By Tim Pinault,

The image on the left is a tintype and was the test shot for the image on the right, a black glass ambrotype.
Like many people, I have recently migrated from San Francisco to the East Bay in search of cheaper rent, more space, and a shorter commute; all things vital to sustaining an art practice while holding a full-time job. My previous studio space was a combination of my smallish living room and garage if I could find street parking. Every Saturday and Sunday I prepped for the three or so hours when the afternoon light would flood the garage so I could make an exposure . Needless to say it wasn’t the most productive of setups.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Type Tuesday - AD, An Intimate Journal for Production Managers, Art Directors, and their Associates

AD, Volume VI, Number 5 (June - July, 1940)

A few weeks back Type Tuesday featured covers of PM Magazine, promising a follow-up showcasing the covers of AD, An Intimate Journal for Production Managers, Art Directors, and their Associates. PM Magazine's evolution to AD in June, 1940 marked the periodical's increased focus on graphic design, as demonstrated in this sample of the publication's covers from the early 1940s.

AD, Volume VI, Number 6 (August - September, 1940)

AD, Volume VII, Number 1 (October - November, 1940)

AD, Volume VII, Number 6 (August - September, 1941)

AD, Volume 8, Number 1 (October - November, 1941)

AD, Volume VIII, Number 2 (December - January, 1941-2)

Jaime Henderson