Mary E. Hutchinson on Antiques Roadshow

November 17, 2015 § 2 Comments

One of Mary E. Hutchinson’s paintings from the 1930s showed up on Antiques Roadshow last night!  According to the owner, it is a portrait of her husband’s aunt named Lola who worked as a cigarette girl at the Copacabana.

I can’t wait to learn more about the family stories associated with this painting!

New Mary E. Hutchinson Etching Found!

October 21, 2015 § 1 Comment

etching of man playing cello

This etching by Mary E. Hutchinson of a man playing the cello popped up in an estate sale this week. This is one I had never seen before.  Although she was primarily a painter, Hutchinson produced a number of etchings in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Mary E. Hutchinson Calling Hampton Manor, NY

June 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

I’ve been getting a lot of web traffic from Hampton Manor, New York to my Artworks of Mary E. Hutchinson site.  What’s going on up there?  Does someone have a painting?

Mary E. Hutchinson cartoon "Atlanta Calling New York"Hutchinson drew this “funny” or cartoon depicting herself and her parents Merrill and Minnie Bell to encourage them to give her a call in the early 1940s.


Mary E. Hutchinson to be in New Georgia Encyclopedia!

June 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

Mary E. Hutchinson (1934)

Mary E. Hutchinson showing her work at the Washington Square Sidewalk Show, ca. 1934

I just signed a contract to write an entry on Mary E. Hutchinson for the New Georgia Encyclopedia!

Miss Georgia Peach

December 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

Miss Georgia can label

This past year I have been researching the cultural history of the “Georgia peach.”  Advertising and product labels present fascinating windows into the complex roles of gender and sexuality tied up with this cultural icon.  Peaches become women and women become peaches during the early and mid-twentieth century.

This label for “Miss Georgia” brand canned peaches out of Zebulon, Georgia got away from me on eBay!  In pursuit of my research, I have inadvertently become a “collector,” but the real collectors frequently outstrip my research budget.

If you collect Georgia Peach labels and postcards, I would love to connect with you through this blog!  Please leave a comment for me below.


Word for the Day

June 6, 2014 § 1 Comment

Inspissate:  to make thick or thicker

(Merriam-Webster online)

Unarchived Histories – Now Available

March 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

Unarchived Histories coverUnarchived Histories: The “Mad” and the “Trifling” in the Colonial and Postcolonial World is now out!  Published by Routledge it is the latest in the series edited by Gyan Pandey, Intersections: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories.

Though it may seem a surprising collection to find an essay on Mary E. Hutchinson – a mid-twentieth-century white Southern woman artist – my essay “A Death Without Cause: Mary E. Hutchinson’s Unarchived Life in Certified Death” is included.  While I would never have thought my work on Hutchinson might find a perfect fit in a postcolonial series, the questions I ask about her marginalized life and the methods I use to explore it resonate with the other essays in the collection.

Check it out!