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Emery (Thomas Parker) Personal Papers
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Thomas Parker Emery - a local community college art instructor, mural painter, designer, and sculptor - was commissioned to restore the March of Transportation murals painted by Juan Larrinaga in the Ford Building, which currently houses the San Diego Air and Space Museum. This Collection includes materials related to the restoration and general information about the San Diego Air and Space Museum.
The “Transportation Mural” was conceived by Orville Goldner and the prime artist, Juan Larrinaga, in September 1935 for the California Pacific International Exposition when it was decided that the fair would run another year. While the Ford Company pulled out of the exhibition the second year, they donated the structure and the building became The Great Hall of Transportation. The Mural contained 281 single figures and 125 groups of figures. It was 18 feet high, excluding the border, and 468 feet long. It was completed in six months.
0.44 Cubic Feet one 12.5”x5”x10.25” box
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