One of the best publications to emerge from California in the 1920’s was the magnificent California Arts & Architecture, a beautifully mounted publication that came about from the combination of three older publications – Pacific Coast Architect; California Home Owner and California Southland. At 35 cents a copy or $3.00 a year, California Arts & Architecture was a very high-end publication catering to the well-to-do. With such impressive names in the field of arts and architecture on its staff and advisory board as Gordon B. Kaufmann, Reginald Johnson, Mark Daniels, H. Roy Kelley and David C. Allison, California Arts & Architecture was guaranteed to be an elegant high-class production, which it always was. Each issue is a wonderful look at what was then the latest in California architecture and allied arts such as painting, sculpture, furniture design and interior decoration, photography, music, landscape architecture, theater and motion pictures. Even the advertisements were tasteful and classy. Unlike so many other high-end publications, California Arts & Architecture managed to struggle its way through the Depression by being one cut above. If you can ever get your hands on any issues -do! They are very rare, but worth the trouble.
Here are some examples from this exceptional publication for your enjoyment. Works of art in themselves!