Charles E. Shelton (1914-2002) was a newspaper and book publisher in Southern California. He published and edited the
Azusa Herald and the
Glendora Press, published
The Desert Magazine, and founded the weekly
Palm Desert Post. Shelton also established Best West Publications and ran the Southwest Desert Art Gallery in Palm Desert with his wife, Kathleen
Gunn Shelton. The collection contains 91 negatives and 15 prints of the U.S. southwest that Shelton gathered when compiling
Photo album of yesterday's southwest (1961).
Charles E. Shelton, was a native of Glendora and graduate of Pomona College, and made his career in newspaper and book publishing
in Southern California. After graduating from Pomona College in 1935, he worked for the Los Angeles Times as a junior sports writer. An R.O.T.C member in college, he was called to duty in 1941. He served through World War II in
the Pacific Theater as a Press Officer for the Army Air Corps. After the war, Shelton published and edited the Azusa Herald and the
Glendora Press. In the 1960s, he published The Desert Magazine, founded the weekly Palm Desert Post, and, with his wife, Kathleen Gunn Shelton, established Best West Publications, publisher of books on southwestern art and
travel. They also ran the Southwest Desert Art Gallery in Palm Desert for a number of years.
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