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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Arroyo Seco Living circa 1909

It was 100 years ago when a group of artists, craftsman and architects living along the Arroyo Seco in Highland Park, Pasadena and other nearby communities published the first issue of the Arroyo Craftsman. The issue featured stories on the "Fundamental of Landscape Gardening" and "Collecting Indian Baskets." Unfortunately, the October 1909 was the only issue ever printed.

But current day Arroyo Seco residents can still buy reprints of the book, published by Highland Park's own Judson Studios, at the newly discount price of $10 via American Bungalow magazine. Here's a description:

"The Arroyo Guild of Fellow Craftsmen-a group of artists, architects and other craftsmen who flourished on the banks of the Arroyo Seco in the Pasadena/Los Angeles area-published one issue only of their magazine, the Arroyo Craftsman. Reprinted by The Judson Studios, a fourth and fifth generation stained-glass business and art gallery, the two-color, 84-page book has original 1909-era ads, essays and practical articles.

A great window into the movement's past, the Arroyo Craftsman is available exclusively through American Bungalow. Now is your chance to own a copy signed by David Judson, the great-great-grandson of group founder W.L. Judson."

Image from judsonstudios.com

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