Walter Willard "Spud" Johnson was a poet and author of literary criticism, editorial comments and other prose who lived in New Mexico from 1922 to his death in 1968 and who was a major part of the new Mexico literary scene. He was also the publisher of Laughing Horse literary magazine, printed on a small hand press, which he started with others while a student at UC Berkeley and continued in New Mexico. In 1953 he took up painting and drawing as well.
Close-up view of gas regulator equipment manufactured by the Wilgus Manufacturing Company, illuminated from both sides creating 2 shadows on the table. The parts are metal-cast with embedded inscriptions identifying the company and, on some, the part number, for example: “Wilgus Mfg. Co. 972." The location might be the Wilgus Manufacturing plant located at 1722 East Sixteenth Street from 1921 to at least 1944.
“Apparition over Los Angeles,” (1932) presents Sister Aimee McPherson, founder of the Four-Square Church in Echo Park, Los Angeles, nude in the sky flanked by her mother, also nude, and her husband, above angels, one in a high hat presiding over money-bag shaped clouds, with the Angelus Temple in Echo Park below. The painting is in a frame.
Open icebox with a block of ice and food inside. The label, center top, reads "Ward Cabinet[...]". The organization of the food follows recommended guidelines with dairy below the ice block on the left, and, on the right, fruit and vegetables at the top, cooked vegetables and eggs in the middle and meat at the bottom.