The collection consists of photographs and two issues of
Lincoln-Mercury News. John V. Shinn and Martin Block photographed their travels in California during June 1950. The collection also contains four
other photographs of Shinn. Shinn served as editor of the
Lincoln-Mercury News, 1949-1950.
John V. Shinn received his bachelor of arts from Harvard University and his masters of science from Columbia University's
Graduate School of Journalism. While living on the East coast he worked for newspapers, a national press service, and two
major broadcasters before relocating to California. In California he worked for Aerojet Engineering Corporation in Azusa and
from May 1949 the Lincoln-Mercury Corporation in Los Angles. He served as the editor of the employee newspaper, the Lincoln-Mercury NEWS, through December 1950. He was admitted to the University of Paris as a doctoral candidate in European history and government.
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