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History, Military, Air Force, Radar, Vintage Painting, 1963


Alvin H. Schwartz (act. 1958-1982)
[U.S. Air Force Mobile Radar Tank]
Gouache on illustration board
Signed lower right “A.H. Schwartz 63”
28 x 20 inches, overall
24.25 x 19.25 inches, image

Painting, executed in bold flat areas of color, of a mobile hexagonal radar dish mounted on a United State Air Force tank, its back door opened to reveal radar operating equipment inside. The tank, accompanied by three soldiers, is shown with fresh tread marks atop a grassy hill in a landscape suggestive of the American Southwest. In the distance, two Air Force jets make a sharp ascent and a few others sit outside a hangar on a flat plain. The radar instrument shown was probably produced or proposed by defense contractor, Westinghouse Electric Corporation in the early 1960s.

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Alvin H. Schwartz was an illustrator and presentation artist at the Electronics Division of Westinghouse Electric Corporation from 1958 to 1982. Over 100 of his paintings, sketches and drawings are in the collection of the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, Maryland. Most of these were painted in gouache on 30 x 40 inch illustration board by Schwartz and show electronic equipment designed by the Electronics Division.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning and wear. A few very minor abrasions and stray marks. Short margins on top and bottom, with extraneous adhesive from former matting, and pencil notations, can be matted out. No margins on sides, likely as issued.


“Special Collections.” National Electronics Museum: History of the Nation’s Defense Electronics. 2005-2010.

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20th Century