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1952 DeVoto and Barnett Pictorial Chart of the Presidents of the United States

The Woman's Day Chart of Presidents of the United States. - Main View

1952 DeVoto and Barnett Pictorial Chart of the Presidents of the United States


American presidents from Washington to Eisenhower.


The Woman's Day Chart of Presidents of the United States.
  1952 (dated)     21.5 x 33.5 in (54.61 x 85.09 cm)


This is a 1952 Bernard DeVoto and Isa Barnett pictorial chart of the presidents of the United States. Presidents from George Washington to Dwight D. Eisenhower appear in chronological order along a timeline from before 1770 to 1953. Vertical blue lines mark each decade. Every row is the same length, represents a single president, and includes important information, such as date of birth and death (if applicable), education, and career trajectory. The president's lifetime is colored either green or yellow (we have been unable to determine what, if any, significance the green and yellow have). Red denotes presidential terms. The progression of the American flag, American territorial acquisitions and population increase, and the geographical changes appear along the top. Bars along the bottom place important world events within the timeline, including U.S. wars, major foreign wars, major inventions, transportation milestones, and other events. Important American affairs of state, such as Constitutional amendments, landmark legislation, and influential foreign policy decisions, are included as well. Presidential portraits create the chart's border.
Publication History and Census
This chart was compiled by Bernard DeVoto and illustrated by Isa Barnett in 1952 for Woman's Day, an American monthly magazine published for women. This piece is not cataloged in OCLC. We have been unable to locate any other known examples.


Bernard Augustine DeVoto (January 11, 1897 - November 13, 1955) was an American historian, columnist, editor, teacher, reviewer, and essayist. He also worked as a speechwriter for Adlai Stevenson. Born in Ogden, Utah, to a Catholic father and a Mormon mother, DeVoto attended the University of Utah for a year before transferring to Harvard University. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I. He returned to Harvard after the war and graduated in 1920. He found a job as an English instructor at Northwestern University in 1922 and remained at Northwestern until he resigned in 1927. While teaching at Northwestern, he published articles and novels under pseudonyms. After resigning, he and his wife Avis moved to Massachusetts, where DeVoto tried to make a living writing and teaching at Harvard part-time. Unfortunately, he never managed to achieve his goal of a permanent full-time teaching position at Harvard. DeVoto began writing articles for Harper's Weekly, which eventually turned into writing the regular column 'The Easy Chair', which ran from 1935 until his death. He received the Pulitzer Prize for History for Across the Wide Missouri in 1947. More by this mapmaker...

Isa Barnett (December 31, 1922 - March 4, 2001) was an American artist, illustrator, and teacher. Born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, Barnett grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Northeast High School in 1940. After graduation he attended the Fleisher Art School and the Philadelphia Museum School of Art before being drafted into the U.S. Army to fight in World War II. He served in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions in Europe and then returned to school after the war. Later, he worked as a free-lance artist while teaching at the Philadelphia Museum School and the Moore College of Art. He visited New Mexico for the first time in 1951 and fell in love with the region. From then on, he split his time between Pennsylvania and New Mexico. Over the course of his career, Barnett produced work in numerous kinds of media, including acrylic, charcoal, oil, pen and ink, watercolor, bronze, marble, and lithography. His works appeared in National Geographic, Life, Reader's Digest, the Saturday Evening Post, and more. He submitted a series of twelve painting of the life of Abraham Lincoln to the 1964 New York World's Fair. These paintings are now part of the collection at the Gettysburg Museum. He also produced work for the Franklin Mint, including several large series of medals. He married his wife Annette Edelson Barnett in 1946 with whom he had three children. Learn More...


Average. Backed on archival tissue for stability. Exhibits closed tear extending sixteen (16) inches into printed area from left margin. Exhibits cracking.