Portrait Photograph of Wisconsin Aviators Ruth Harman and Herb Walraven [Aviation, Portrait Photography, Gustav A. Malme]

By: Malme, Gustav A.

Price: $250.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Near Fine


Large sepia-toned photograph, approx. 20 by 26 cm, matted in a 28 by 38.5 cm portrait folder. The folder, with “Malme / Racine” printed in the lower margin, has had the cover flap neatly removed (probably for framing). The remaining mat is near fine, and the photograph is fine. A striking image of, we believe, Ruth Harman and Herb Walraven. Both are wearing aviation helmets and goggles. This is presumably a wedding portrait, but there are no notes, dates or names on the folder. Ruth Harman (1913-1993), a pioneering aviatrix who was friends with Amelia Earhart, was Wisconsin’s “first stunt pilot, first female commercial pilot, first female airport owner, and the first female aircraft dealer […] she was also America’s first woman to pilot an airmail flight (Kenosha News).” Harman “bought the Kenosha airport from the city in 1940 [and] during World War II, Walraven was one of only fifty female instructors nationwide — and the only one in Wisconsin — to train Navy cadets in the Civilian Pilot Training Program (WomenInWisconsin.org).” Harman married Herb Walraven, himself an aviator, in 1943. The photography studio of Gustav A. Malme operated in Racine from 1913 until 1947 (Wisconsin Historical Society).

Title: Portrait Photograph of Wisconsin Aviators Ruth Harman and Herb Walraven [Aviation, Portrait Photography, Gustav A. Malme]

Author Name: Malme, Gustav A.

Categories: Photographs - Portraits, Photography, Transportation, Women,

Publisher: Racine, WI, Malme Studio: c. 1943

Binding: Photograph

Book Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 3254