Recent Acquisition - Print Collection
Etching by Don Swann (1889-1954)
Biographical information from Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore MD -
"S. Donovan Swann, Sr., the son of an old Virginia family, moved to Baltimore as a child. His long and many-faceted career included aviation, and exploring as well as etching. Mr. Swann was one of the first men in Baltimore to fly an airplane and continued flying as a lieutenant during the First World War. Mr. Swann attended St. John’s College in Annapolis but left to attend the Maryland Institute to study art. He studied art in Munich and Paris and formed the Etchcrafters Art Guild in Baltimore. At the outbreak of the Second World War, Don Swann again volunteered for the army and became a major in the public relations section at Fort Belvoir where he served for three years. He traveled the state of Maryland researching, photographing and drawing historic colonial homes and produced one hundred etchings for his book. He developed and marketed the “Swann New Way Etching Outfit”, a kit for amateur etchers. He and his wife, Rita had three children; Francis S. Swann, Don Swann, Jr., and Lyn Swann Wagnon. After Don Swann, Sr. death in 1954, Don Swann, Jr. continued to produce prints from the original plates. “
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Alice Paul, American feminist and women’s rights activist, shakes the hand of “youngest Colorado feminist” Mildred Bryan.
Kangaroo Overcoat, The Crosby Frisian Fur Company, Rochester, NY, c. 1919
While perhaps not the best coat to wear in the summer heat, this c.1919 overcoat does symbolize travel for the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, DC.
In the left image, President Wilson stands at the door of the King’s royal coach on board the presidential train from Paris to Rome. The press frequently photographed Wilson wearing this overcoat abroad and it has come to symbolize his European travel as an effort to ensure peace during the Paris Peace Conference. The original coat is still on view in Wilson’s cedar closet adjacent to his bedroom.
Ronald Reagan topped off his 1984 landslide presidential win with a stop in the ballroom of the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, where he told supporters that his second term goals included strong economic growth and a reduction of nuclear weapons.