Mid Twentieth Century Beach Towel by Galindo

This post asks more questions than it has answers. I recently bought this beach towel from the incomparable Neatokeen shop on etsy. I had seen this one years ago, and somehow neglected to buy it, but now it’s part of my collection.

I have been working hard, trying to discover the secret of galindo, the artist. Because the towel has never been used, it came complete with the original paper tag. That’s always a good thing, and it usually leads to more information being uncovered.

From the tag I had plenty to go on. The company was Barth & Dreyfuss, located in Los Angeles. The brand name was Royal Terry of California. The artist, galindo, was a “famous California artist”.

I started my research at the most logical place – Google. I found quite a bit on Barth & Dreyfuss. They were/are a maker or seller of home goods, mainly towels. The company has come and gone over the years, and it appears that there was recently a company by that name, operating mainly as importers.

Searching “galindo” was a bit trickier. I was able to locate some other designs by this artist, mainly on linens and paper goods. Finally, I searched “Royal Terry” and came up empty except for a wonderful youtube video that shows a knowledgeable collector showing off his 1957 Royal Terry beach towel catalog. I have a message in to him and hopefully I will hear back.

After Google I turned to the two newspaper databases I have access to – Newspapers,com and Newspaperarchive.com. I had a bit more luck. The company was owned by Marshall Barth and Stanley Dreyfuss. They were in business in Los Angeles at least as early as 1953, and probably earlier. Searching for galindo was impossible as there are numerous Galindo Streets throughout Southern California. And it seems to be a somewhat common name in some communities.

If anyone knows who galindo was, I’d be most grateful for that information. Any clues at all would be appreciated. In the meantime, enjoy these hat close-ups.

This one is a version of the famous sunglasses hat. I’ve seen these advertised from the late 1950s through the mid 1960s.


Filed under Collecting, Curiosities, Made in the USA, Novelty Prints, Summer Sports, Textiles

4 responses to “Mid Twentieth Century Beach Towel by Galindo

  1. jacq.staubss@yahoo.com

    “Kitchy” 50’s!? Love it ALL! I am age equilevalent enough to remember this art as a kid and watch it fade into the 60’s. I remember the beach towels and beach accessories possibly he was the artist? His work (to me) is so identifiable/memorable.Wonder if they were a part of Royal Velvet?The line if plush towels? Love this post.The west coast/California fashion market was a look unto itself as i recall.


  2. Nann

    A mint beach towel. What a find! Hope you can find the mysterious Galindo.


  3. Renita

    Good luck on finding ‘galindo’as that is a very common name in California history. The Galindo rancho in the SFEast Bay from around the 1790s became the city of Concord, the area where I grew up. In fact the Main Street is Galindo. Unfortunately I do not remember hearing of the artist🙁.
    Renita in NC


  4. I love Neatokeen! So many wonderful items! And this towel is a prime example! I love that it has that hat with the built in sunglasses! And what a fun and funky design too!

    Such a shame you weren’t able to dig up more! I do hope eventually this mystery gets solved!


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