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Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Festival of Nations (detail) 1930 - Painting by A. L. Ewing - Los Angeles Times - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley by Phyllis Hansen 2007 (click on image to enlarge)
This image graces the cover of a special insert section of the Los Angeles Times on January 2, 1931. It is reproduced from a painting done in 1930 by the illustrator A. L. Ewing. Athletes from around the world celebrate at the entrance of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The romantic images of California done in the 1920s and 30s are among the world's great art treasures. This blog image has been slightly color enhanced to restore the newspaper's picture to its likely intensity 77 years ago. The interior of this special insert contains a wonderful painting/illustration by the great Orpha Klinker.

Your Museum collects information and artifacts related to the Los Angeles Olympic Games (1932 - 1984) and Olympic athletes from the greater San Fernando Valley. We also collection the works of the California artist Orpha Klinker, and other works related to the history of the American West. This gift from Phyllis Hansen supports both efforts.

The San Fernando Valley deserves a great Museum of history and culture.

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