On August 3, 1948, Time magazine editor Whittaker Chambers testified before the House Un American Activities Committee (HUAC) that he and Alger Hiss, formerly a high level State Department official, had been Communist agents. Hiss denied that he even knew the editor until Chambers supplied a young California congressman and HUAC member-Richard Nixon-with extensive details about Hiss. Chambers also revealed that Hiss had given him classified State Department documents, microfilmed copies of which were hidden in hollowed-out pumpkins on Chambers's Maryland farm. Hiss was tried for perjury (the statute of limitations had expired for treason) and, after one hung jury, was retried and convicted. Hiss maintained his innocence. The case retains a central role in debates about the extent of Communist activity in the U.S. in the 1940s and 1950s.
Advertisement Design for ShurEdge Knives: Pumpkin beside "Sheaf" of Knives
Paul Rand, American, 1914–1996
Black, gray crayon, graphite on cream tracing paper
Gift of James Howard Fraser
Research in Progress
Top center, five knives gathered, like a sheaf of wheat, on grass beside a carved pumpkin (lower right). Caption flanks the knives in the image: carving tonight... on you own home grounds. Below, lower right: ShurEdge logo (name linked across pointed silver triangle). Below image, next to the logo: set of pale grey parallel lines (7 pairs) indicating the space for the text.
Amherst College Mead Art Museum Amherst Massachusetts 01002 Accession Number: 1948.30
Owner, 1973: Registration Records
"A Summary Catalogue of the Collection at the Mead Art Gallery," Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1978, pg. 108
Barter, Judith A., "American Drawings and Watercolors from Amherst College," San Francisco, CA: Art Museum Association of America, 1985, pg. 26
Farm landscape depicting a farmer standing in a pumpkin patch, a pitch fork over his left shoulder as he faces his wife and young daughter standing opposite him. In the background smoke trails from the chimney of a farmhouse at the edge of a woods
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums