Cartoon Drawings of Grant and Selma Donaldson, circa 1928  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Cartoon Drawings of Grant and Selma Donaldson
circa 1928 (inclusive)
8 ink and watercolor drawings (1 folder) ; 3" x 5"
Collection Number
Humorous color drawings of the northwest aviator, Grant Donaldson and his wife, Selma
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries’ Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Grant H. Donaldson was trained as a pilot for World War I, then became a stunt pilot, before flying mail and passenger routes for Pacific Air Transport, a company found in 1926 and taken over by Boeing in 1928. Donaldson may also have flown for the Seattle Flying Service was started in 1928 by Vern Gorst and flew out of the "Gorst Sand Lot, " where Boeing Field is located today. Donaldson was seriously injured when his mail plane, en route from Medford, Oregon to Portland, Oregon on October 2, 1928, crashed in the fog, killing the only passenger on board. Donaldson recovered and married the woman, who, according to one account, "waited by his bedside for nearly a year while his burns healed." Presumably this was Selma Donaldson, who is shown in 1930 census records to be married to Grant H. Donaldson.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of 8 pen and watercolor drawings on small cards, depicting a couple, either recently married or soon to be wed, in humorous situations. The man is depicted as an avaitor and the woman as his patient wife trying to adjust to life with an avaitor husband. A receipt for a ride at Seattle Flying Service, dated March 4, 1928, is glued to one of the drawings. One drawing depicts a plane formed from the names Grant and Selma Donaldson.

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Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Source: Fairlook Antiques; received in 2006.

Processing Note

Processed by Hillary Saalfeld, 2009.

Accessioned as PH 2009-004.


Spencer Daily Reporter, July 26, 2008. (

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1  Nervous man (with propellor on his head) about to propose to his girlfriend
Written on cartoon: They say-- that when an aviator takes "the big jump" -- that he just won't or can't let loose of the ring -- Ask any aviator who's ever made the big jump --
circa 1928
1 2  Aviator husband bowling as his wife reads magazine with articles, "How to Find Your Way Home" and "How to Handle High Flyers."
Written on cartoon: Tuesday.
circa 1928
1 3  Man clinging to the wing of a plane as the pilot does a nose-dive
Written on cartoon: WE.Attached to the cartoon is a receipt for "One Ride Taken Seattle Flying Service, Inc." dated 3/4/28.
1 4  Wife in bathtub reading theMilford Malenewspaper 1928
1 5  Wife and child in the process of moving
Written on cartoon: MOVING.
1 6  Five individuals sitting on the outer frame of theSpirit of Melfordairplane while it flys over what appears to be the Seattle waterfront
Written on cartoon: An Aviator With Family Troubles!
1 7  Series of individuals engaging in different activities, such as washing laundry and sleeping in a hammock, on theSpirit of Melfordairplane
Written on cartoon: Sunday.
1 8  An airplane formed out of the names of Grant and Selma Donaldson
Written on cartoon: This sketch is the property of Lowman and Hanford Co. and is to be returned to them.On the cartoon, Donaldson is spelled incorrectly as Donalson

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Subject Terms

  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Drawings