Ramm, John Milton Collection, 1930-1932

By Yvette Yurubi

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Collection Overview

Title: Ramm, John Milton Collection, 1930-1932

ID: ASM0249

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

"Original artwork, including penciled sketches and watercolor mock-ups of small posters, created by this California artist for the San Francisco-based shipping line, The Grace Line (working here through a local advertising agency). The bulk of Ramm's art and papers were donated to the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art in 1994; subsequently, little of Ramm's work has appeared on the market. The group of work for a specific advertising campaign in 1931-1932 includes four watercolor mock-ups of posters/store cards from the Grace Line's 'Havana and Return' cruise; watercolor mock-up of poster for Grace Line's 'California to Victoria and Seattle cruise;' watercolor painting of an untitled cruise ship sailing along a rock coast; Ramm's scrapbook for art created for Grace Line menu cards; plus nine different sketches on tissue paper, being Ramm's rough drawings for menu card ideas." -Marc Selvaggio, Bookseller, A.B.A.A.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation: Ramm, John Milton Collection, Special Collections, University of Miami libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Processing Information: This collection was processed by Yvette Yurubi, 2017.


Box and Folder Listing


Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Drawings and Sketches, n.d.Add to your cart.
Nine sketches on tissue paper from Ramm, including rough drawings for menu cards.
Folder 2: Scrapbook, ca. 1932Add to your cart.
"Ramm's scapbook for art created for Grace Line menu cards. Includes seven original pencil sketches of scenes in Seattle, Costa Rica, Mexico, Havana. Plus four printed menu cards (incorporating Ramm's art) and eight pages of letters from Dettner's Printing House with a copy of different Grace Line menu cards." -Marc Selvaggio
Folder 3: Paintings - Watercolor: (4) Grace Line's Havana and Return cruise, n.d.Add to your cart.
10 x 12 in.
Folder 4: Painting - Watercolor: California to Victoria and Seattle cruise, n.d.Add to your cart.
9.5 x 12 in.
Folder 5: Painting - Watercolor: Untitled cruise ship on water, n.d.Add to your cart.
9 x 12 in.