Inside this scrappy Silver Lake mask emporium

Laura Howe works with telephone themed fabric that will be used to make masks. At right is her dog, Baby, an Italian mastiff.
Laura Howe works with telephone themed fabric that will be used to make masks. At right is her dog, Baby, an Italian mastiff.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Mel Melcon started out with the Los Angeles Times in 1984 as a summer intern and has been here ever since. He worked on a freelance basis from 1985 to 1997, then was hired full time. Melcon likes to capture the offbeat and funny side of life in his images.