Artist & Toymaker Aldice Dinsdale changes the Life of daughter Shirley Dinsdale
by Laurie Thompson
A recent donation from Marin philanthropist Jeff has led me to the interesting -& heartwarming- story of artist Dinsdale and his daughter, Shirley Dinsdale Layburn.
On the eve of the recent shelter-in-place order, I took a closer look at Jeff’s donation of two large and intricate blu e-print drawings of workers engaged in projects at during World War II . They both bore the signature “Al Dinsdale” and struck me as the work of someone very accomplished .
The May 4, 1923 Woodland Democrat comments: “ O. Dinsdale…of this city, is “carving out” a career for himself as a caricaturist, his sketches having appeared frequently of late in San Francisco papers and art magazines. One of his latest accomplishments is a reproduction of the California theatre, featuring Ben Black’s orchestra. The miniature figures are hand-carved from wood and made in caricature.”
Not surprisingly, the nuptials, one month later, were held at Dinsdale’s Shop & Studio and were uniquely bohemian and theatrical. sue characterized the wedding as a “Fairy Tale Romance” The Oxnard Press and also described the costumes of some of the wedding party who were dressed as “ ‘s July 9, 1924 is “ toys. “Five tiny tots dressed like the Dick advanced in solemn procession, followed by the bride in a batik fro ck decorated with a border of the funny little toys. Mrs. Harry Dixon was the bridesmaid, clad in a flaming artist’s smock. A smock with the same decorative motif as the bride’s was the costume of Dinsdale and Harry Dixon, his groomsman , was garbed in the leather apron he wears in his metal craft shop.”
Originally published at https://annetkent.kontribune.com.