L.H. Larsen – Actor

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

L.H. Dude Larsen Cowboy Poet, Artist, Statesman and “Actor?”

The man that rode in many saddles also rode onto the Silver Screen.  It appears that in 1949 (the same year he was elected to the Utah Senate), L.H. Larsen was an actor in a film released by Kanab Pictures in which he played a ranch hand by the name of Steve.  His part was significant enough to get him billing on promotional pieces along with the stars of the film.   The movie, Stallion Canyon, was shot in Utah and starred among others, Ken Curtis who was best known for his role in later years as “Festus” on Gunsmoke.  Played up in true Hollywood style with special premieres.  This picture was certainly a boom to the Utah film industry of which Kanab Pictures worked hard to promote when it was formed in 1947.

Reference http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0130281/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_1

Also be sure to check out www.lhlarsen.com as we begin to add more in depth information about Lewis H. “Dude” Larsen.

L.H. Dude Larsen

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Dude Larsen

The rich and historic history of L.H. “Dude” Larsen Postcards and Art can now be found at dudelarsen.com.  The site is dedicated to the historic aspect of Route 66 and Southwestern Postcards manufactured and distributed by L.H. Larsen.

One of the most well known publishers of western scene, dogs and comical postcards in the Southwest.  L.H. Larsen provided many different ways for travelers on the historic Highway 66 to let their friends and loved ones share parts of their journey.  Manufactured and distributed in the late 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s, L.H. Larsen used his own original artwork.  He  also used original artwork from his wife at the time, Dorothy “Dot” Larsen.  In 1949, as Lewis H. Larsen was entering his 4 year term as a Utah State Senator, he commissioned a Navajo artist by the name of Hoke Denetsosie to produce a series of 200 comical postcards.  Hoke Denetsosie, in 1949 was 30 years old and had already proved his talent as an illustrator for a series of Indian Picture books.

To learn more about L.H. Larsen and the talented artists that were instrumental in painting the way for Route 66 travelers, visit the website.