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Catalog Number WF 5338
Caption KRONQUIST, Lawrence
Description Lawrence Kronquist was a well-known Anacortes artist. Shown here in his artist's smock, he was the son of Alfonzo (or possibly Alfred) whose occupation was listed in 1921 city directory as "oiler" for Fidalgo Lumber and Box Company. The 1929 directory listed both Alfonso and his son Lawrence as "sign painters," and their home at 718 20th. Lawrence gained renown for his artistic abilities. The 4-21-1927 ANACORTES AMERICAN printed an article about Kronquist's first show of his work in Anacortes: "Artist's first local appearance." The 4-28-1927issue reported on Kronquist's painting of the lobby in the newly remodeled Wilson Hotel, a job he performed for Valentine and Wallie Funk [Sr.], owners of the hotel. "Lobby of New Wilson is made elaborate." The article stated that Kronquist had painted a Spanish motif on the lobby's lampshades and arches throughout the lower floor. "All of these galleons were designed and decorated by L. Kronquist, local commercial artist." That Spanish motif was carried further when Wallie Funk [Sr.] built the new Paramount Theater on the corner of 8th and Commercial in 1929. The 7-11-1929 paper reported that Kronquist had created a stir in Vancouver, B. C., with his art. "Kronquist halts traffic with unusual drawings." The artist had painted his "Tin Lizzie" Ford truck with "oil paintings consisting of caricatures, wise cracks and other decorations to make it attractive… The side and back of his car were well supplied with warnings such as 'Beware of the Dog' and 'This car has put many a girl on her feet.'" Vancouver police had to clear streets to keep crowds from blocking traffic. The article went on to report that Kronquist and two local young men had been traveling in that region for a week but his car had brought him job offers and Kronquist reported he "expected to accept one of the many positions offered him." The ANACORTES AMERICAN of 1-29-1931 reported on a local display of Kronquist's "photo painting of Calvin Coolidge," and mentioned that Kronquist had recently moved back to Anacortes. The 6-29-1933 issue reported "Local artist keeps open house Sunday," at a studio at Rosario Beach where he had been working for six months. The 9-7-1933 paper reported "Local artist to go to Chicago soon," an article about Kronquist's intent to head east for Chicago's "Century of Progress" fair. The article mentioned Kronquist had been displaying his work in Seattle and that he recently had been "decorating the new Roxy Theater at 8th and Commercial." That movie house was set to open that month in a building constructed by Wallie Funk Sr. in 1929 as the Paramount Theater, a business venture Funk lost in the early years of the Great Depression. It is unclear if Lawrence Kronquist spent some time in 1927 as a magician, with Henrietta "Bubble" Blaisdell as "MIng Toy" - an Oriental dancer and assistant to "La Verne the Magician".
Photographer BRADY, Ferdinand "Ferd"
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Place - Anacortes, WA
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
People KRONQUIST, Lawrence
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms man
Object Name Negative