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Earl S. Tupper Papers

Creator:
Tupper, Earl Silas, 1907-  Search this
Tupper Corporation  Search this
Names:
Tupperware (Firm).  Search this
Tupper, Glenn O.  Search this
Tupper, Miles  Search this
Extent:
14 Cubic feet (27 boxes, 1 map-folder)
14 Cubic feet (27 boxes, 1 map-folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Letters (correspondence)
Advertising fliers
Business records
Personal papers
Photographs
Business letters
Notes
Clippings
Family papers
Interviews
Date:
2003
1908-1989
2003
1908-1989
Summary:
Papers documenting inventor Earl S. Tupper, his inventions, Tupperware and the Tupper Company.
Scope and Contents:
The collection documents the life of inventor Earl S. Tupper through correspondence, notes, photographs, drawings and sound recordings.
Arrangement:
The collection is organized into five series.

Series 1: Personal Papers, 1910-1989

Series 2: Early Business Papers and Scientific Notes, 1930-1965

Series 3: Tupper Corporation/Tupperware Business, 1908-1983

Series 4: Neil Osterweill Oral Histories and Research Notes, 1926-1989

Subseries 4.1: Research Files, 1926-1989

Subseries 4.2: Original Masters, 1987-1989

Subseries 4.3:Research Copies, 1987-1989

Subseries 4.4:Research Copies, 1987-1989

Subseries 4.5: Preservation Copies, undated

Series 5: Center for Advertising History, Oral History Interviews, 1992

Subseries 5.1: Original Masters, 1992

Subseries 5.2: Research Copies, 1992

Subseries 5.3: Research Copies, 1992

Subseries 5.4: Preservation Copies, 1992

Subseries 5.5: Abstracts and Transcripts, 1992, 2003
Biographical / Historical:
Earl Silas Tupper was born in 1907, to a New Hampshire farming family of modest means. During his youth and boyhood in New England, his mother Lulu Clark Tupper, took in laundry and ran a boarding house, while his father, Earnest Leslie operated a small family farm. Earnest Tupper loved to tinker, developing labor-saving devices for the farm and family greenhouses; one of his devices, a frame to facilitate the cleaning of chickens, was granted a patent. It is from his father that Earl Tupper is said to have developed a love for invention. Even as a boy, Tupper showed an enterprising and entrepreneurial spirit. At the age of 10, Earl discovered he could move more of the family's produce by selling door-to-door, bringing the product directly to the customer.

After high school graduation in 1925, Tupper continued to work in the family greenhouses in Shirley Massachusetts for two years. Tupper was an ambitious young man, though, and he was determined to earn his first million by the time he was thirty. During the twenties, he set out on a number of different paths, including work as a mail clerk and on a railroad labor crew. In 1928, he took a course in tree surgery, with the idea of setting up his own tree surgery and landscaping business. He continued to help out with the family business, and got married in 1931. Through the early thirties, the landscaping and nursery business continued to grow and thrive, despite the Depression, enabling Tupper to pursue some of his ideas and inventions. His scientific notebooks for this period reflect the diversity of his interests. Even after Tupper Tree Doctors was forced into bankruptcy in 1936, Tupper remained optimistic about his ability to develop and manufacture some of his inventions.

In 1936, Tupper met Bernard Doyle, the inventor of Viscoloid, the plastics manufacturing division of DuPont, located in nearby Leominster, Mass. He went to work for DuPont in 1937, but stayed there only one year. Later, Tupper would say it was at Dupont "that my education really began." Tupper took the experience he had gained in plastics design and manufacturing at DuPont, and struck out on his own. In 1938, he formed the Earl S. Tupper Company, advertising the design and engineering of industrial plastics products in Leominster, Massachusetts. Much of the fledgling company's early work was performed under subcontract to DuPont. Business was good during the war, because despite the difficulty of acquiring the raw materials necessary for plastics production for the domestic market, Tupper Plastics was able to garner several defense contracts, molding parts for gas masks and Navy signal lamps.

After the war, Tupper turned his attention to developing plastics for the growing consumer market. Many of his earliest designs, which included plastic sandwich picks, cigarette cases, and an unbreakable tumbler for the bathroom, were offered as premiums with other products. For example, Tek toothbrushes offered the tumbler with purchase of a toothbrush, and cigarette companies and other businesses offered cigarette cases imprinted with their logo.

Plastics was still in its infancy in the forties, and the commercial market for plastics product was limited by plastic's reputation for being brittle, greasy, smelly and generally unreliable. Tupper's contributions were twofold. First, he developed a method for purifying black polyethylene slag, a waste product produced in oil refinement, into a substance that was flexible, tough, non-porous, non-greasy and translucent. Second, he developed the Tupper seal, an airtight, watertight lid modeled on the lid for paint containers. Together, these innovations laid the foundations for the future success of Tupperware. Nevertheless, marketing the new product presented a challenge. Tupper experimented with department store sales, but as Businessweek reported in 1954, "in retail stores it fell flat on its face." It seemed clear that the new lid required explanation or demonstration.

In the late 1940s, Thomas Damigella (in Massachusetts) and Brownie Wise (in Florida) were selling household products through Stanley Home Products. Purchasing through local plastics distributors, both began offering Tupperware as part of their product line, and were moving enough Tupperware to attract Earl Tupper's attention. In 1948, Tupper met with Damigella, Wise, and several other local distributors at a Sheraton in Worcester Massachusetts to discuss a new distribution plan. Modeled on the home party plan pioneered by Stanley Home Products and expanded and refined by Brownie Wise, the home party plan became and remains the exclusive outlet for Tupperware. Wise was named Vice President of the company (named Tupperware Home Parties) in 1951, a position she held until 1958, when Tupper sold the company to Rexall for $16 million.

Tupperware's success stems from the combined genius of Earl Tupper, the self-styled Yankee inventor and entrepreneur and Brownie Wise, the consummate saleswoman and motivator. If Tupper personified reverence for the product, Wise personified respect for the sales force. "If we build the people," she was fond of saying, "they'll build the business." Almost half a century later, their legacy remains an important part of Tupperware's continuing success.

Earl S. Tupper died on October 5, 1983.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Leo Baekeland Papers (AC0005)

DuPont Nylon Collection (AC0007)

J. Harry DuBois Collection on the History of Plastics (AC0008)

Celluloid Corporation Records (AC0009)

Albany Billiard Ball Company Records (AC#0011)

Brownie Wise Papers (AC0509)

Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection (AC0583)

Materials at the National Museum of American History

Tupperware related artifacts are located in the Division of Home and Community Life (now Division of Cultural and Community Life), the Division of Medicine and Science and the Division of Work and Industry. See accessions: 1983.0711; 1984.1098; 1985.3014; 1985.3015; 1987.0180; 1990.3055; 1992.0209; 1992.0605; 1993.0257; 1994.0118; 1994.0124; 1995.0109; 1998.0070; 1998.0220; 2012.0133; and 2014.3077.
Provenance:
The materials were donated to the Archives Center in 1992 by Glenn O. Tupper, Earl Tupper's son.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but master (preservation) tapes are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Plastics  Search this
Plastic container industry  Search this
Plastic tableware  Search this
Product demonstrations  Search this
Business -- History  Search this
Marketing  Search this
advertising  Search this
Inventors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Letters (correspondence) -- 20th century.
Advertising fliers
Business records -- 20th century
Personal papers -- 20th century
Photographs -- 20th century
Business letters
Notes
Clippings
Family papers
Interviews
Citation:
Earl S. Tupper Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0470
See more items in:
Earl S. Tupper Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0470
Online Media:

Zippo Lighter Advertising Collection

Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Domestic Life  Search this
Jones, William (Vice President, Zippo Lighter)  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Domestic Life  Search this
Author:
Zippo Manufacturing Company  Search this
Extent:
0.75 Cubic feet (2 boxes, 3 oversize folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pamphlets
Posters
Articles
Date:
1937 - 1998
Scope and Contents:
Advertising brochures, posters, and articles on the company.
Biographical / Historical:
The Zippo Company has made over 300 million cigarette lighters since it was founded in 1932. The founder, George Blaisdell, believed that the policy of planned obsolescence repulsive, so he guaranteed his product "forever". Any Zippo lighter sent back to the factory has always been repaired at no charge to the customer. According to the company's official history, the lighter's qualities, windproof and rugged, caught on big during World War II when just about every man in the service, dogface to Dwight D. Eisenhower, had one. There are numerous stories of the lighter being used to illuminate airplane instrument panels and as emergency signaling devices. There is a confirmed instance of a lighter working after being frozen in solid ice for four months, and one which survived an 1,100 foot fall. Zippo began diversifying in 1962 into such products as money clips, flashlights and pocket rules. The Case Cutlery Company has been a subsidiary of Zippo since 1993.
Related Materials:
Collected in conjunction with accession no. 1983.0394, Division of Home and Community Life (now Division of Cultural and Community Life).
Provenance:
Collection donated by William Jones, Vice President of Zippo, March 1983.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Cigar lighters -- 1930-1980  Search this
Smoking -- 1930-1980  Search this
Genre/Form:
Pamphlets -- 20th century
Posters -- 20th century
Articles
Citation:
Zippo Lighter Advertising Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0094
See more items in:
Zippo Lighter Advertising Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0094

Virgil Johnson Collection of Cigarette Packages

Creator:
Brown and Williamson.  Search this
Johnson, Virgil  Search this
American Tobacco Company.  Search this
Benson and Hedges.  Search this
Philip Morris, Inc.  Search this
Lorillard.  Search this
Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company.  Search this
Reynolds, R. J.  Search this
Extent:
25 Cubic feet (26 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Albums
Date:
circa 1890-1997
Summary:
As a teenager, Virgil Johnson [b.1918] became interested in the designs and symbols on cigarette packs like "Black Cat" and "White Roll", and he began actively collecting in the 1930s. His interest intensified during the 1940s when he was stationed in North Africa and across the Mediterranean region as a photographer with the U.S. Navy. Mr. Johnson collected cigarette packs for over fifty years, and was a member of the Cigarette Pack Collector's Association.

Approximately 6000 cigarette packages, foreign and American, arranged in 24 albums. Manufacturers include names such as those shown below.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of approximately 6,000 cigarette packages, ca. 1890-1997, arranged in 24 albums. The cigarette packages offer a strong base for research into the categories of visual imagery created, associated with, and manipulated for the sale of tobacco products. Researchers interested in the history of design will also find these packages a useful source, as they reflect design modifications (in image, logo, typeface, and package features) over time for virtually every brand marketed in the U.S. and an enormous selection of those marketed overseas, by both U.S. and other global tobacco concerns.

Series 3: BOOKS ABOUT TOBACCO AND TOBACCO COLLECTING These titles have been transferred to NMAH Library.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into 3 series.

Series 1: Cigarette Packages

Series 2: Articles and Other Publications About Tobacco

Series 3: Books About Tobacco and Tobacco Collecting
Biographical / Historical:
As a teenager, Virgil Johnson [b.1918] became interested in the designs and symbols on cigarette packs like Black Cat and White Roll, and he began actively collecting in the 1930s. His interest intensified during the 1940s when he was stationed in North Africa and across the Mediterranean region as a photographer with the U.S. Navy. Mr. Johnson collected cigarette packs for over fifty years, and was a member of the Cigarette Pack Collector=s Association.
Related Materials:
The Archives Center is nationally recognized as a site in which to pursue research into the history of tobacco advertising. The Warshaw Collection (AC 60) include many thousands of tobacco advertisements and cigar box labels from the 19th and 20th centuries; the Ayer Collection (AC 59) includes advertising proofsheets for American Tobacco, Phillip Morris, R.J. Reynolds and other cigarette and cigar manufacturers since the 1870s. The Marlboro Collection (AC 198) includes print ads, company publications, and oral history interviews with tobacco industry and advertising agency personnel. The Walter Landor/Landor Associates Industrial Design Collection (AC 500) includes documentation on package design for numerous tobacco companies since the 1950s, and the newly acquired Sandra and Gary Baden Collection of Celebrity Endorsements in Advertising (AC 611) contains several hundred ads featuring movie stars, singers, politicians, and athletes promoting tobacco products since the 1890s.

4,000 cigarettes, also donated by Mr. Johnson, each contained in a screw top glass vial, were donated to the Center for Disease Control's Office of Smoking and Health in Atlanta, Georgia.
Separated Materials:
Thirty (30) empty wood, metal, and plastic cigarette packs are also part of the Virgil Johnson Collection. They are housed with the Consumer Culture Collections in the Cultural History Division, which also holds several dozen cigarette packs from the Walter Landor/Landor Associates Industrial Design Collection (AC 500).
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the Archives Center of the National Museum of American History in July 1998, by Mr. Virgil Johnson, a resident of Alexandria, Virginia.
The collection was donated to the Archives Center of the National Museum of American History in July 1998, by Mr. Virgil Johnson, a resident of Alexandria, Virginia.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Packaging -- 1850-1900  Search this
Packaging -- 20th century  Search this
Tobacco -- 1850-2000  Search this
Tobacco -- 20th century  Search this
Cigarettes -- 1850-2000  Search this
Cigarettes -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Albums
Citation:
Virgil Johnson Collection of Cigarette Packages, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0645
See more items in:
Virgil Johnson Collection of Cigarette Packages
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0645
Online Media:

Souvenir

Medium:
Medium: silk Technique: jacquard woven
Dimensions:
H x W: 8 × 4.5 cm (3 1/8 × 1 3/4 in.)
Type:
woven textiles
Souvenir
Made in:
USA
Date:
20th century
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Boris Kroll
Accession Number:
1982-52-31
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4c505ce85-acdd-41ac-ad00-14ebbb5c47b2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1982-52-31

P. Lorillard Company / Cigarettes-Tobacco, Hong Kong and New York

Designer:
Unknown, American  Search this
Medium:
Letterpress: gold, black ink on white wove paper
Dimensions:
27.9 x 21.6 cm (11 x 8 1/2 in. )
Type:
graphic design
Letterhead
Object Name:
Letterhead
Distributed in:
New York, New York, USA
Date:
early–mid-20th century
Credit Line:
Gift of Thomas F. O'Malley
Accession Number:
1998-64-9
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4aac621cf-56e0-4582-bf06-a227c790fe5d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1998-64-9

Mark Lanegan, Whiskey for the Holy Ghost

Designer:
Art Chantry, American, b. 1954  Search this
Medium:
Offset lithograph on paper
Dimensions:
60.8 x 45.6 cm (23 15/16 x 17 15/16 in.)
Type:
graphic design
Poster
Object Name:
Poster
Made in:
Seattle, Washington, USA
Date:
20th century
Credit Line:
Gift of Art Chantry
Accession Number:
1995-69-47
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© Art Chantry
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq476b7dd60-90ba-4632-b9ba-ee99e219fcbc
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1995-69-47

Untitled

Artist:
Philadelphia Wireman, active 20th century  Search this
Medium:
cigarette wrapper, found objects, and wire
Dimensions:
6 3/4 × 3 × 2 in. (17.1 × 7.6 × 5.1 cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Folk Art
Date:
ca. 1970-1975
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Margaret Z. Robson Collection, Gift of John E. and Douglas O. Robson
Object number:
2016.38.59
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk72cfa95e4-8d14-4664-8fe1-9cd2c8ca712f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_2016.38.59

Kurt Cobain; Standing with Evian Bottle

Artist:
Jesse Frohman, born 1958  Search this
Sitter:
Kurt Cobain, 20 Feb 1967 - 5 Apr 1994  Search this
Medium:
Inkjet print
Dimensions:
Image: 101.6 × 81.2 cm (40 × 31 15/16")
Sheet: 106.6 × 86.4 cm (41 15/16 × 34")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
1993 (printed 2018)
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Home Furnishings\Drinking vessel\Glass  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette  Search this
Container\Bottle  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses\Sunglasses  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Belt  Search this
Kurt Cobain: Male  Search this
Kurt Cobain: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Jesse Frohman
Object number:
NPG.2019.111
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Jesse Frohman
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
20th Century Americans: 1960-2000
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 342
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4e0cfdfdc-08cf-4c87-8512-b5b9db87b593
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2019.111

David Wojnarowicz at Home, NYC, 1990

Artist:
Nan Goldin, born 12 Sep 1953  Search this
Sitter:
David Wojnarowicz, 14 Sep 1954 - 22 Jul 1992  Search this
Medium:
Silver dye bleach print
Dimensions:
Image/Sight: 69.9 × 101.6 cm (27 1/2 × 40")
Frame: 73 × 104.8 × 6 cm (28 3/4 × 41 1/4 × 2 3/8")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
1990
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette  Search this
Nature & Environment\Bone\Skull  Search this
Nature & Environment\Bone\Skeleton  Search this
Costume\Outerwear\Coat\Jacket  Search this
David Wojnarowicz: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
David Wojnarowicz: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Acquired in part through the generosity of James Alefantis and Donald A. Capoccia and Tom L. Pegues
Object number:
NPG.2015.103
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Nan Goldin
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
20th Century Americans: 1960-2000
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 342
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4bcff683d-c83e-4ef0-bb7a-d87322fd4589
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2015.103

Will James

Artist:
Will Roderick James, 1892 - 1942  Search this
Sitter:
Will Roderick James, 1892 - 1942  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Sight: 50.3 x 33.7cm (19 13/16 x 13 1/4")
Type:
Painting
Date:
mid 20th century
Topic:
Exterior  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Cowboy hat  Search this
Self-portrait  Search this
Will Roderick James: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Will Roderick James: Male  Search this
Will Roderick James: Literature\Writer  Search this
Will Roderick James: Visual Arts\Artist\Illustrator  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Yellowstone Art Museum
Object number:
1994.12-VS
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4c72764d5-d87a-4d8f-9477-ce766f16ddf4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_1994.12-VS

Ira Gershwin

Artist:
Howard Kanovitz, 9 Feb 1929 - 2 Feb 2009  Search this
Sitter:
Ira Gershwin, 6 Dec 1896 - 17 Aug 1983  Search this
Medium:
Pastel
Dimensions:
86.4 x 40.6cm (34 x 16")
Type:
Painting
Date:
mid 20th-late 20th century
Topic:
Exterior  Search this
Architecture\Window  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Couch  Search this
Ira Gershwin: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Ira Gershwin: Male  Search this
Ira Gershwin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer  Search this
Ira Gershwin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter  Search this
Ira Gershwin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Lyricist  Search this
Ira Gershwin: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
Ira Gershwin: Congressional Gold Medal  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Peter Bissell
Object number:
NY990380
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4afbe39a4-d924-4f3f-9ff3-a84c7ea5fec0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NY990380

Portrait of Theodore Valenkampf (Inventory No. 111)

Artist:
James Britton, 1878 - 1936  Search this
Sitter:
Theodore Valenkampf, 1868 - 1924  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Stretcher: 101.6 x 87cm (40 x 34 1/4")
Type:
Painting
Date:
late 19th-mid 20th century
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette  Search this
Theodore Valenkampf: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Ursula & Barbara Britton
Object number:
CA990157
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm47f162060-d2a4-4040-b34f-fe6faf7b8cdc
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_CA990157

Portrait of Sydenham Brevard Alexander

Attribution:
Margaret Rudisill, 1857 - 1933  Search this
Sitter:
Sydenham Brevard Alexander Jr.  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Image: 101.6 x 81.3cm (40 x 32")
Type:
Painting
Date:
20th century
Topic:
Interior\Library  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Bookshelf  Search this
Sydenham Brevard Alexander Jr.: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Private Collection
Object number:
NC990044
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4677c9a0f-25fb-4140-b57c-fc527f294f51
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NC990044

Katharine Hepburn

Artist:
Everett Raymond Kinstler, 5 Aug 1926 - 26 May 2019  Search this
Sitter:
Katharine Hepburn, 12 May 1907 - 29 Jun 2003  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Stretcher: 117.5 x 111.4 x 3.8cm (46 1/4 x 43 7/8 x 1 1/2")
Frame: 121 x 115.6 x 7.6cm (47 5/8 x 45 1/2 x 3")
Type:
Painting
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
1982
Topic:
Exterior  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette  Search this
Katharine Hepburn: Female  Search this
Katharine Hepburn: Literature\Writer  Search this
Katharine Hepburn: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Katharine Hepburn: Oscar  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Everett Raymond Kinstler
Object number:
NPG.2003.41
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
20th Century Americans: 1960-2000
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 342
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm49ec48def-c4cb-4ba0-9b44-93e00f215def
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2003.41

Philip Truex and Earl Oxford

Artist:
Carl Van Vechten, 17 Jun 1880 - 21 Dec 1964  Search this
Sitter:
Philip Truex, 1911 - 2008  Search this
Earl Oxford, 20th century  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 8.8cm x 13.2cm (3 7/16" x 5 3/16")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1945
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Military  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Ring  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
Home Furnishings\Drinking vessel\Glass  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Ashtray  Search this
Food\Donut  Search this
Postcard  Search this
Earl Oxford: Male  Search this
Earl Oxford: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater  Search this
Philip Truex: Male  Search this
Philip Truex: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Philip Truex: Natural Resources\Agriculturist\Horticulturist  Search this
Philip Truex: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Merchant\Retailer  Search this
Philip Truex: Natural Resources\Agriculturist\Gardener  Search this
Philip Truex: Literature\Writer\Gardening  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
S/NPG.95.336
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Estate of Carl Van Vechten
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4084a5979-6f92-496d-84c0-9c14737183d5
EDAN-URL:
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Noel Coward

Artist:
William Auerbach-Levy, 1889 - 1964  Search this
Sitter:
Noel Coward, 16 Dec 1899 - 26 Mar 1973  Search this
Medium:
Possibly gouache
Dimensions:
Sight: 57.2 × 45cm (22 1/2 × 17 11/16")
Type:
Painting
Date:
20th century
Topic:
Interior\Interior with Exterior View  Search this
Architecture\Window  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette  Search this
Interior\Domestic  Search this
Home Furnishings\Curtain  Search this
Home Furnishings\Pillow  Search this
Architecture\Bridge  Search this
Noel Coward: Male  Search this
Noel Coward: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer  Search this
Noel Coward: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater  Search this
Noel Coward: Literature\Writer\Playwright  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: The Players
Object number:
NY370045
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm45da13ba3-e13e-4a50-9874-33fc85ed343c
EDAN-URL:
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Philip Truex and Earl Oxford

Artist:
Carl Van Vechten, 17 Jun 1880 - 21 Dec 1964  Search this
Sitter:
Philip Truex, 1911 - 2008  Search this
Earl Oxford, 20th century  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 8.8cm x 13.6cm (3 7/16" x 5 3/8")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1945
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Military  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Ring  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
Home Furnishings\Drinking vessel\Glass  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Ashtray  Search this
Food\Donut  Search this
Postcard  Search this
Earl Oxford: Male  Search this
Earl Oxford: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater  Search this
Philip Truex: Male  Search this
Philip Truex: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Philip Truex: Natural Resources\Agriculturist\Horticulturist  Search this
Philip Truex: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Merchant\Retailer  Search this
Philip Truex: Natural Resources\Agriculturist\Gardener  Search this
Philip Truex: Literature\Writer\Gardening  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
S/NPG.95.335
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Estate of Carl Van Vechten
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4f2bbf466-0622-44f5-8297-ae600f87b8cf
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_S_NPG.95.335

J. Robert Oppenheimer

Artist:
Lisette Model, 1 Nov 1901 - 30 Mar 1983  Search this
Sitter:
J. Robert Oppenheimer, 22 Apr 1904 - 18 Feb 1967  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 34.4 x 25cm (13 9/16 x 9 13/16")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1946
Topic:
Indeterminable  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette  Search this
Architecture\Wall\Brick  Search this
Architecture\Door  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
J. Robert Oppenheimer: Male  Search this
J. Robert Oppenheimer: Literature\Writer  Search this
J. Robert Oppenheimer: Science and Technology\Scientist\Physicist  Search this
J. Robert Oppenheimer: Education\Educator\Professor\Physics  Search this
J. Robert Oppenheimer: Enrico Fermi Award  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.82.143
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© The Lisette Model Foundation, Inc. (1983). Used by permission.
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
20th Century Americans: 1930-1960
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 321
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm40c7aca68-714a-49e1-9416-a563de21eb90
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.82.143

Newton Booth Tarkington

Artist:
John White Alexander, 7 Oct 1856 - 31 May 1915  Search this
Sitter:
Newton Booth Tarkington, 29 Jul 1869 - 19 May 1946  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
71.1cm x 56.2cm (28" x 22 1/8"), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Date:
late 19th-early 20th century
Topic:
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette  Search this
Newton Booth Tarkington: Male  Search this
Newton Booth Tarkington: Literature\Writer\Novelist  Search this
Newton Booth Tarkington: Literature\Writer\Playwright  Search this
Newton Booth Tarkington: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.83.137
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4ac08e9ad-18f6-4a1c-9315-c7f6b9290276
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.83.137

Hannah Arendt

Artist:
Fred Stein, 3 Jul 1909 - 22 Sep 1967  Search this
Sitter:
Hannah Arendt, 14 Oct 1906 - 04 Dec 1975  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 35 x 27.7cm (13 3/4 x 10 7/8")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1944 (printed 1987)
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Ashtray  Search this
Hannah Arendt: Female  Search this
Hannah Arendt: Literature\Writer  Search this
Hannah Arendt: Education\Educator\Professor\University  Search this
Hannah Arendt: Humanities and Social Sciences\Philosopher  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Peter Stein
Object number:
NPG.88.200
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Estate of Fred Stein
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
20th Century Americans: 1930-1960
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 321
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4fe73ee63-07a0-44d0-813e-efc11234b818
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.88.200

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