Cliff May’s second house: Lindstrom 1933

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May built his second house in 1933 with financial backing from a local grading contractor, O. U. Miracle. The house sold for $9,500 to Captain William Lindstrom. A year later, Architectural Digest featured… Continue reading

Cliff May’s colorful tile doorbells

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Recognizing an early Cliff May house is sometimes difficult but a good clue is a colorful tile doorbell at the front door. Although the patterns vary, they are similar to the decorative floor… Continue reading

Cliff May’s furniture sells his first house

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May designed his furniture in the latest style of the 1920s: Monterey. Monterey was originally created by Frank Mason and his son George for the Los Angeles-based, home-furnishing company, Barker Brothers. Influenced by… Continue reading

Postcard of Frieda’s Cottage

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I’ve just finished my recent postcard project, a collage of images announcing the preservation of Frieda’s Cottage in Rockville (Maryland) by Peerless Rockville. The postcard had to show the subject of the work,… Continue reading

Cliff May and San Diego

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I am currently working on an article about the beginning of Cliff May’s career as a builder of ranch houses in San Diego (1931-1937). Topics include his music career, his partnership with O.U.… Continue reading