Collection of 121 Original Drawings of a Group of Los Angeles and Pasadena High Society Friends
[Los Angeles]: 1924 - 1928. 121 illustrations on 119 cards, all but two illustrated to recto only; text and pencil sketch to verso of two others. Cards approx. 8" x 5". Light toning to some cards; occasional minor soil; light stain to one card. Very good or better overall.
A large collection hand-colored pencil and ink drawings of members of Los Angeles and Pasadena high society, some of whom we have traced to contemporary articles in the Los Angeles Times society pages. These are primarily Dr. E. Richmond Ware and his cousin, Katherine Ware, Frank Allen, Marjorie Sieffert, Catherine [Barlow] (whose wedding was reported in the society pages and is represented in two of these drawings), and A. Van Maanen (who worked at Mount Wilson Observatory in Pasadena). In total 37 people are represented in the drawings, many known only by their first names or surnames. Each drawing is named, and often serves as a humorous commentary on the subject's character or profession. Given the intimacy with which the subjects are treated, it seems likely that the artist was friends with them -- we draw the conclusion that they were likely all at least well-acquainted with each other socially.
The drawings provide a wealth of information about life in Los Angeles during the Roaring '20s, from flapper fashion to changing ideas about the roles of women and the relationships between men and women.