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The Cover
October 20, 2004

Angels Flight

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The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(15):1794. doi:10.1001/jama.292.15.1794

Millard Sheets (1907-1989) was that early 20th-century rarity: a native Californian. Moreover, he seems to have known his profession early and to have become successful almost immediately. Born in Pamona on June 24, 1907, by age 11 he had won the first of the many prizes and awards he would collect throughout his life. He is most commonly called a California Regionalist or, as the more inclusive term has it, an American Scene painter. The style, sometimes also called Social Realism, was popular throughout the United States during the Great Depression years. Supported by the US government from 1933 to 1943 under the rubric Federal Art Projects, its various art projects not only provided financial aid to artists, but also resulted in a steady stream of both public and private art works. Sheets was active in overseeing the program in southern California.

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