China City. Raymond Cannon, F. Paul Sylos.
China City
China City

China City

Los Angeles: China City Publishing Co., 1938. First Edition. 4to. [26] pp (including 7pp business advertisements). Illustrated by F. Paul Sylos. Orange printed staplebound softcover in fine condition; a surprisingly uncommon illustrated brief history of China City, no copies currently on the market and no copies located in online institutions. The artist, Paul Sylos (1900-1976) studied at Yale, before he started working in in advertising industry. Later he became an illustrator of the Liberty Magazine and designed covers for McFadden publications, he also worked as mural painter. In 1935 he became art director for small Hollywood studios before moving onto the larger ones. The author, Raymond Cannon (1892 – 1977) was, most likely, an American actor, film director, screenwriter, journalist, and author known for his work with D. W. Griffith and Buster Keaton. Item #20070

Masterminded by Los Angeles' socialite and civic leader Christine Sterling, China City was the Chinese equivalent to Olvera Street, the other ethnically focused tourist spot in Los Angeles which Sterling also created. China City was built using the sets from the 1937 film The Good Earth to recreate the feel of a small Chinese village in downtown L.A. Even though it traded in obvious racial stereotypes, China City became an alternative destination in New Chinatown for the businesses of Old Chinatown that had been dislocated during the construction of Union Station. Two major fires put an end to this enterprise, and all attention turned to the development of Chinatown Plaza, as it is known today.

Price: $250.00

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