Mary E. "Mother" Tusch Collection, 1915-1937 (bulk 1917-1924)
Tusch, Mary E. "Mother"
Tusch, Mary E. "Mother"
Garber, Paul Edward 1899-1992
Byrd, Richard Evelyn 1888-1957
Rickenbacker, Eddie 1890-1973
Lindbergh, Charles A (Charles Augustus) 1902-1974
United States Army School of Military Aeronautics
4.99 cubic feet (1 legal document box) (2 records center boxes) (5 flatboxes)
Mary E. 'Mother' Tusch lived across the street from the United States School of Military Aeronautics on Berkeley Campus, California during World War I. She invited the young aviators to her home, which came to be called 'The Hangar, Shrine of the Air.' Tusch was actively interested in aviation as well as those people associated with aeronautics and her home reflected her love of aviation. She avidly collected aviation material including artifacts, photographs, and autographs from the aviators. The wallpaper of her home was inscribed with names of all the major aviators before 1948 who visited her home. Mrs. Tusch's daughter, Irene, married National Air Museum curator, Paul E. Garber.
This collection consists of five scrapbooks and documentation. Four of the scrapbooks contain the following: numerous photographs (including photos of her wallpaper, mentioned above); autographs; and newspaper clippings, pertaining to 'her boys,' including such notable aviators as Richard E. Byrd, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Charles Lindbergh. In addition to these four scrapbooks, there is also a scrapbook on World War I, including photographs of trench warfare, presented to Tusch by one of her boys. This collection also contains the following: photographs of pilots and aviators; photographs of Mother Tusch and her home; catalogs listing the aviation holdings of Tusch's home; guest books of visitors to Tusch's shrine; and newspaper articles, museum plans, and correspondence relating to Tusch donating her collection to the Smithsonian Institution.
Posey Holder, Beads, Mother of Pearl Shaft [mother of pearl] (bouquet holder)
mother of pearl, evidence of gilded gold
1 bouquet holder: mother of pearl; H. 6 in. x W. 1 in
Mother of pearl
Gilded vase with metal beads and mother of pearl handle. The vase of the holder is elaborately designed with open metalwork. Small cartouches are combined with 'S' and 'C' scrolls to create the sides of the vase. Within each section is a curving band of brown metal beads extending vertically. The base of the vase is formed by ornate acanthus leaves atop a crown like ring. Snake chains attach a pin and ring to the bottom of the bowl. The pin is inserted through the vase. This feature would secure a posy in the holder. The ring connected to the other chain would allow the bouquet holder to be worn dangling from the finger or could be attached to a chatelaine worn at the waist. The vase portion of the bouquet holder connects to the handle at a band that is embossed with flowers. The handle is straight, made from a luminescent mother of pearl. It has been turned, creating rings and bands as it tapers to a point.
Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Gardens, Frances Jones Poetker Collection
Smithsonian exhibition: S. Dillon Ripley Center Concourse, Sublevel 3 (behind escalators)
Front cover of Mary E. "Mother" Tusch's "Birthday Book." Organized by birth date (pre-printed dates for 1918 head each page), book contains manuscript listings of pilots and other figures of aviation history.
Front cover of Register 5 (1940-1949). Compiled by Mary E. "Mother" Tusch, between 1917 and 1949, a set of six registers was kept to document visitors to her home, known as "The Hangar, Shrine of the Air" in Berkeley, California. Book contains manuscript annotations (dates, messages, autographs) from a variety of pilots and other figures of aviation history.