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Illustrating History:

Artwork by John T. Hales


- An Online exhibition -


John Hales left an indelible mark on Hermosa Beach as artist and historian. This exhibition displays original design layouts, sketches and artwork in remembrance of his talent and passion for Hermosa Beach. John Thomas Hales (1916-2005) was born November 14, 1916 in Washington D.C. An avid runner, Hales ran track at Fairfax High School and Los Angeles City College. After earning an associates degree, he attended Chouinard Art Institute and ArtCenter Schools. For thirty years, he worked as a commercial artist for Douglas Aircraft Company and in the drafting departments of Nissan Motor Company and Fairchild Fasteners. A man of many talents, Hales also served on the Hermosa Beach Planning Commission from 1960-1967. He and his wife designed the Hermosa Beach city seal in 1964. He was a founding member of the Hermosa Beach Friends of the Library and the Hermosa Beach Historical Society. Today, residents and researchers can access the John T. Hales Timeline—a collection of binders outlining the history of Hermosa Beach prepared by John Hales.

Click and drag the images below to explore the works of John T. Hales. Double Click any image to launch the exhibition slideshow. 

HBHS Logo Pier Pavillion Paste Up Original Art for Repro
Dry Dock
100 Years Logo Rough Draft
45th Annual Sand & Strand Run
El Camino Real Elevation
Bicentennial Coin
Various Boats
Board of Superiors Letter of Recognition
Ship at Dock
Surfer Walk of Fame Dewey Weber Surfboard
Surfer Walk of Fame Member Charter
HBHS Logo Pier and Train Car
Boats at Dry Dock

This exhibition was organized by HBHS Staff, and was on display at the Hermosa Beach Museum in 2019.

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