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Description: Print of Godey's Fashions from January 1869. The colored print depicts five women wearing very ornate gowns. The floor-length gowns include long sleeves and high collars. Each gown has either ruffles, bows, buttons, pleats, draping, or fringe or a combination of these. The women all appear to have long hair styled up on their heads. Several of the women wear ornately adorned bonnets. The gowns, bonnets and background are colored blue, yellow, green, red, black and white. A young boy wearing a blue suit stands at the front of the women. The group appears to be standing in an elegant room, such as a parlor. There is a hutch on the right side of the print with shelves with vases, a chair on the left and drapes hanging against the wall behind the group.
Creator: Godey's Lady's Book
Item Type: Journal/Magazine/Newsletter
Description: Photograph of two children. The two children stand in front of a brick fireplace and mantel. The black and white photo appears to be circa 1950. The girl wears a light colored, short-sleeved, knee-length dress, white socks, black mary jane shoes and a ribbon in her hair. The boy wears dark slacks, a plaid sport coat, white button-down shirt and dark tie. A white pocket square is barely visible in his left pocket. He also wears dark colored shoes. The children are looking at one another in this photo. The girl has her left arm around they boy's waist, the boy has his right arm over the girl's right shoulder. In the background is a brick fireplace, with a mantel that appears to have Christmas cards displayed upon it. There is a glass vase or candle holder in the center of hte mantel. Pale, striped wallpaper can be seen above the mantel. A fireplace tool set stands at the right of the children along with a broom. The children stand on the bricked hearth.
Description: Photograph of Sam Rayburn standing beside the cabin of his birth in Lenoir, Tennessee. Sam Rayburn is wearing a light colored suit, with white button down shirt and a dark tie. He wears a white Panama hat with a dark colored band. He stands resting his right hand on the side of the cabin. The cabin pictured is constructed of rough cut wood. It is two stories high and and the exterior of a stone fireplace stands to the left of Rayburn. The ground is covered with tall grass and weeds. The photo is black and white.
Description: Photograph of Robert E. Lee. General Lee served as a Confederate General during the U.S. Civil War. He died on October 12, 1870. The photo is a head and shoulders view of Lee. He is wearing a dark suit, white shirt and black bow-tie. He has gray/white hair and a medium-length beard. Text under the image reads, "Last Photograph General Robert E. Lee."
Description: Photograph of Ruth Bryan Owen (1885-1954). Owen was the daughter of William Jennings Bryan. She served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1929-1933 representing Florida's Fourth Congressional District. She served as an Ambassador to Denmark from 1933-1936. The photo is black and white. In the portrait Mrs. Owen wears a pearl necklace and pearl earrings. Her hair is gray and is waved. She wears a floral print dress, only the collar can be seen. The background is all white.
Description: Photograph of. Sam Rayburn. The black and white photo shows Sam Rayburn from the knees up. He is sitting in a chair. He wears a dark, three-iece suit, white button-down shirt and dark, striped tie. A pocket watch chain can be seen at his vest. Rayburn rests his left hand on the arm of the chair. His right elbow rests on the opposite chair arm. The background is gray/ivory.
Creator: Harris & Ewing
Description: Color print of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home in Virginia. The color photo shows Monticello surrounded by green grass, flowers, trees and shrubs. This image shows the West Front entrance of the Monticello home.
Item Type: Image
Description: Print of Sam Rayburn based on an original painting by Douglas Chandor. Sam Rayburn sits at a desk. He is wearing a dark, three piece suit with a blue striped tie and white shirt. He sits in a green leather desk chair. His left arm rests on the desk. He holds a book in his lap with his right hand. Chandor created three of these paintings. One was given to the East Texas State University (Now known as Texas A&M--Commerce), the Capitol in Austin, Texas and one hung in Sam Rayburn's private office in Washington, D.C.
Creator: Douglas Chandor
Description: Color print of a snowy mountain scene. A creek runs through the middle of the print. The water in the creek is very clear. Leafless trees can be seen on either side of the creek. A wood fence can be seen on the left side of the image. Cloudy sky above and in background.
Description: Watercolor print of a woman. The woman wears her dark hair piled upon her head. She wears a red dress. The print is oval shaped. The signature in the lower right corner appears to be Wiley. The image appears to be in the "Gibson Girl" style. Probably dates between 1890 and 1920.
Description: Print of quote by Side Richardson. The quote is in black ink and is printed upon ivory colored paper. A map of Texas is in the middle and is surrounded by Texas-themed artwork. Blue bonnets decorate the lower right corner, a cowboy riding a "bucking bronc" with cacti in the background can be seen in the upper right corner. In the upper left corner is a long horn skull. The lower left corner is dominated by the images of oil derricks. An airplane is featured near the south part of the Texas map and is headed east as if towards St. Joseph (San Jose Island), which is the only location denoted on the map, where Richardson lived for several months out of each year. The colors of the print include brown, yellow, black, green, purple, blue, red and white.
Description: Print of the Waller family coat of arms. Painted by Odine Mhoon. Odine was married to Sam Rayburn's nephew Morris Lightfoot in 1956. They divorced and Morris eventually remarried. The ivory colored paper displays the Waller coat of arms in shades of brown, black, gold, gray, white, blue, green and red. A shield at center shows three gold walnut leaves between two silver bands. At the top is a walnut tree with a pendant shoing three fleurs de lis (the arms of France) with the motto above, "HIC FRUCTUS VIRTUTIS" which is Latin for "This is the reward of integrity." The word "Waller" is below the coat of arms and is written in cursive.
Creator: Odine Mhoon
Description: Print of a poem by Harry B. Hawes. Poem title: "In the Matter of Friendship." Printed on ivory colored paper in black ink. A facsimile of Hawe's signature is at the lower right of the printed poem. Hawes was a democrat from Missouri who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1921-1926. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1926-1933.
Creator: Harry B. Hawes
Item Type: Poem
Description: Print of Godey's Fashions for April 1870. The colored print showcases fashionable dresses for women from the spring of 1870. Five women stand together. A small girl stands at the front of the image, slightly to the left. She is holding a cat by the tail in her left hand and a whip in her raised right hand. The women wear dresses in colors of blue, green, red, yellow, orange, gray, and white. The small girl wears a dress in the color red. All of the gowns are floor length, full skirted dresses. Four of the women wear dresses with long sleeves and high collars. The fifth woman (at the far right) wears a sleeveless formal ball gown with a v-neck collar. All of the dresses include some or all of the following embellishments: ruffles, bows, lace, bustling, pleats, and fringe. The women stand in what appears to be a very fine room, possibly a parlor. A mirror hangs on the wall and a table with books and a photo in frame can be seen in the background. A potted plant, draperies and carpeting also make up the interior furnishings of the room.
Creator: Godey's Lady's Book
Item Type: Journal/Magazine/Newsletter
Description: Photograph of Katherine (Kate) (Rayburn) Thomas. Katherine Thomas was one of Sam Rayburn's sisters. The photograph is a head and shoulders image of Mrs. Thomas. She wears a V-neck dress with shiny appliques on the shoulders. She wears a matching necklace. her hair is pulled back from her face in a low chignon.
Creator: Gittings portrait studio
Description: Print of a watercolor painting by Walter Ernest Webster. Wa woman (ballerina) sits on a balcony railing while a young man with his arm resting on railing stares upward at her. The woman wears a large flouncing skirt, or tutu and ballet slippers in white. She clutches a blue shawl around her. He hair is blonde and rather short. The man wears a red coat. In the background are flowers, trees and architectural features. On the floor is a bouquet of red flowers.
Creator: Webster, Walter Ernest
Description: Photograph of graduation high school class. The photograph was likely taken sometime between 1880 and 1910. The man seated in the middle of the front row is Samuel Edward (S.E.) Bartley, Sam Rayburn's brother-in-law. Mr. Bartley married Sam Rayburn's sister Medibel in 1902 and together they had two children. S.E. and Medibel moved into the Rayburn home in the 1940s. Mr. Bartley's high school graduation photo shows twelve students; nine girls and three boys. The girls all wear long sleeved, high necked, long, white guazy dresses. They all appear to have long hair, worn up. The boys wear three piece suits with white button-down shirts, ties and stiff collars. The front row is comprised of two girls sitting on the left, Mr. Bartley seated in the center and two girls seated at the right. The back row is comprised of a standing group of students. Two women, a boy, a girl, a boy and two women stand from left to right.
Description: Photograph of Sam Rayburn. Sepia-toned toned photograph of Sam Rayburn from the chest up. He wears a dark suit, tie and white shirt. The photograph is autographed by Sam Rayburn. The words, "To my sister Meddie with my deepest affection--Sam Rayburn" are at the bottom of the photo. Meddie (Medibel Bartley) was one of Sam Rayburn's three sisters. She and her husband, S.E. Bartley lived in Sam Rayburn's home in Bonham beginning in the 1940s.