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You wouldn’t say no to a man holding a puppy, would you? Vote for Picasso’s list of armory show artists, our contender for the most Smithsonian-y object in the Smithsonian Summer Showdown.
Don’t make that curly-haired, floppy-tongued little dog sad. Vote here!
Pablo Picasso and daughter Maya Picasso, ca. 1944 / unidentified photographer. William and Ethel Baziotes papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Voted! Such fun!

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You wouldn’t say no to a man holding a puppy, would you? Vote for Picasso’s list of armory show artists, our contender for the most Smithsonian-y object in the Smithsonian Summer Showdown.

Don’t make that curly-haired, floppy-tongued little dog sad. Vote here!

Pablo Picasso and daughter Maya Picasso, ca. 1944 / unidentified photographer. William and Ethel Baziotes papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Voted! Such fun!

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It’s time for another Contribute & Connect! This time around, we are featuring the second secretary of the Smithsonian Institution: Spencer Fullerton Baird and his Index of Correspondence. 

There are 3 parts to the campaign:

  1. Completely transcribe and review Baird’s Index of Correspondence
  2. Upon completion of Baird’s Index, you’ll UNLOCK the diary of one of Baird’s correspondents. Who will it be? Watch this space (and Twitter & Facebook) for more details. With these projects, you’ll have a window into how the Smithsonian’s early professional social network was established, using telegraph and scientific observations from around the world. 
  3. Connect with us here at the Smithsonian via a Google+ Hangout on Air (like this one) to get behind-the-scenes knowledge about Baird from Pam Henson, the director of the Institutional History Division of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Here’s the catch: you only have 2 weeks!  If you contribute to help push the Index to completion, you will get a special invitation to participate in the behind-the-scenes webcast.  Otherwise, you’ll miss out on a fantastic opportunity to learn about Baird and early Smithsonian history from the esteemed and entertaining Pam Henson, the director of the Institutional History Division of the Smithsonian Institution Archives!

Aw yeah! We <3 Baird. He donated his personal library to establish the U.S. National Museum (USNM) Library (now the National Museum of Natural History Library.)
Plus, impressive facial hair.

A compelling recruitment poster by Laura Brey from 1917, found in our upcoming Vintage Posters auction on August 6.
Description from the catalogue: &#8220;A young man in a suit (perhaps a student) is watching a column of soldiers marching past his window. &#8220;The window&#8212;a poster within the poster&#8212;separates the bright male world of waving flags and marching columns from the darkened interior feminine space &#8230; [exploiting] men&#8217;s anxiety over their masculinity by suggesting the effeminacy of the man who does not enlist&#8221; (Paret p. 56). Paret 75, Rawls p. 82, Theofiles 10, Borkan p. 44, Picture This fig. 48.&#8221;

A compelling recruitment poster by Laura Brey from 1917, found in our upcoming Vintage Posters auction on August 6.

Description from the catalogue: “A young man in a suit (perhaps a student) is watching a column of soldiers marching past his window. “The window—a poster within the poster—separates the bright male world of waving flags and marching columns from the darkened interior feminine space … [exploiting] men’s anxiety over their masculinity by suggesting the effeminacy of the man who does not enlist” (Paret p. 56). Paret 75, Rawls p. 82, Theofiles 10, Borkan p. 44, Picture This fig. 48.”

Here is a colorful World War I recruitment poster by J. Paul Verrees entitled Join the Air Service from 1917. Found in our upcoming Vintage Posters auction on August 6.
From the catalogue: &#8220;During World War I, the Army Air Service, like the Navy, was dependent on recruiting, however, only the Army had a selective enlistment system. Rawls p. 179, IWM p. 57, Theofiles pl. C7, Borkan p. 41.&#8221;

Here is a colorful World War I recruitment poster by J. Paul Verrees entitled Join the Air Service from 1917. Found in our upcoming Vintage Posters auction on August 6.

From the catalogue: “During World War I, the Army Air Service, like the Navy, was dependent on recruiting, however, only the Army had a selective enlistment system. Rawls p. 179, IWM p. 57, Theofiles pl. C7, Borkan p. 41.”

From a wonderful selection of World War I posters, coming up in our Vintage Posters auction on August 6, take a look at this Howard Chandler Christy If You Want to Fight!/Join the Marines poster from 1915.
Vintage Posters catalogue: &#8220;An early sexy, taunting, challenging and daring recruitment poster, done two years before the United States entered World War I. The artist plays upon &#8220;the confusion of genders [that] provided posters with provocative images like this &#8230; whose purpose is the seduction of men into service&#8221; (Paret p. 64). Rawls p. 249, Paret 89, Theofiles 66, Borkan p. 39, American Style 64.&#8221;

From a wonderful selection of World War I posters, coming up in our Vintage Posters auction on August 6, take a look at this Howard Chandler Christy If You Want to Fight!/Join the Marines poster from 1915.

Vintage Posters catalogue: “An early sexy, taunting, challenging and daring recruitment poster, done two years before the United States entered World War I. The artist plays upon “the confusion of genders [that] provided posters with provocative images like this … whose purpose is the seduction of men into service” (Paret p. 64). Rawls p. 249, Paret 89, Theofiles 66, Borkan p. 39, American Style 64.”

Bringing the Fourth of July weekend to a close is wonderful group of James Montgomery Flagg posters from our upcoming Vintage Posters auction on August 6th.

From the top: James Montgomery Flagg, I Want You for the U.S. Army1917. One of the best American posters of all time. 

James Montgomery Flagg, Wake Up America1917. From the catalogue:

"Here, in a potent allegory of a country unaware of any danger, Columbia is rendered peacefully sleeping on her front porch. Behind her, the flames and smoke of war can be seen in the distance. This poster epitomizes the "key historic process … the New World turnaround from innocent neutrality to innocent all out war" (Rawls p. 9). Printed and distributed in New York City, this poster is substantially rarer than most other World War I images, which were printed in numbers intended for national distribution."

James Montgomery Flagg, Wake Up America Day1917. From the catalogue: 

"Flagg had to design this poster very quickly, which likely explains why it is composed of fewer colors than his normal lithographic work. The image, evoking a female Paul Revere emerging from the darkness, was not just a graphic flight of fancy. The "Wake Up America Day" celebrations began at midnight with a reenactment of Paul Revere’s ride made by a young woman."

Happy Independence Day from Swann Auction Galleries! It&#8217;s time to celebrate the birth of this wonderful country with fireworks, red, white and blue and gathering with friends and family for some patriotic fun.
Here is a wonderful lithograph of a Fourth of July scene by Kyra Markham from 1936, coming up in our 19th &amp; 20th Century Prints &amp; Drawings auction on September 23rd.

Happy Independence Day from Swann Auction Galleries! It’s time to celebrate the birth of this wonderful country with fireworks, red, white and blue and gathering with friends and family for some patriotic fun.

Here is a wonderful lithograph of a Fourth of July scene by Kyra Markham from 1936, coming up in our 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings auction on September 23rd.

Happy Canada Day from Swann Auction Galleries!
To celebrate our northern neighbor, check out these photos from an album of amateur photographs taken on a trip to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in the 1890s.
Some of the scenes in the album include picturesque views of Digby and the bay, residential homes set in tree-lined streets and lovely views of Wolfeville, Windsor, Halifax (including the market and bird&#8217;s eye views of the harbor) Pictou, Truro, Charlottetown, as well as Norton, Rothesay, St. John, New Brunswick, and Carleton; with a few intimate pictures of people strolling on the piers, at the beach, or shopping.
Sold April 17, 2014 in our Vernacular Eye: Photographic Albums, Snapshots &amp; Objects auction.

Happy Canada Day from Swann Auction Galleries!

To celebrate our northern neighbor, check out these photos from an album of amateur photographs taken on a trip to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in the 1890s.

Some of the scenes in the album include picturesque views of Digby and the bay, residential homes set in tree-lined streets and lovely views of Wolfeville, Windsor, Halifax (including the market and bird’s eye views of the harbor) Pictou, Truro, Charlottetown, as well as Norton, Rothesay, St. John, New Brunswick, and Carleton; with a few intimate pictures of people strolling on the piers, at the beach, or shopping.

Sold April 17, 2014 in our Vernacular Eye: Photographic Albums, Snapshots & Objects auction.