Vintage Photos of the 1950s-1970s Los Angeles Art Scene by Frank J. Thomas

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Frank J. Thomas (1936–2019) was an American photographer, typographer, and printer. In 1959 he and his wife Phyllis founded Tenfingers Press in Los Angeles, out of “a desire to print and publish small books for a limited public.”

1950s-1970s Los Angeles Art Scene by Frank J. Thomas

Their output over the next 21 years was eclectic, ranging from literary epigrams done in whimsical typography to miniature books to a history of California cattle brands.

These amazing vintage photos of artists, exhibitions and people involved with the arts were taken by Frank J. Thomas from between the 1950s and 1970s.

Robert Stack admiring a painting by Keith Finch, November 1950

Paul Wonner, circa 1950s

Jack Zajac, circa 1960s

John McLaughlin, circa 1960s

Paul Sarkisian, circa 1960

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