The Arts and Crafts of OLYMPIC CHALLENGER: Souvenirs, company gifts, and whaler folk art from the Onassis whaling venture, 1950 – 1956

Klaus Barthelmess, an independent scholar from Cologne, Germany (formerly on the staff of the German Maritime Museum, Bremerhaven, and the Kölnisches Stadtmuseum), is an advisory curator for the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Mr. Barthelmess has written about German whaling history, exhibitions of whales, strandings of whales, scrimshaw and fine art related to whaling. He received the L. Byrne Waterman award in 2006 for outstanding contributions to whaling history.

Mr. Barthelmess organizes a tri-annual whaling history symposium in Cologne, and for the 2009 event, he wrote about and exhibited whaling memorabilia connected with the fleet of Aristotle Onassis. This piece, entitled “The Arts and Crafts of OLYMPIC CHALLENGER: Souvenirs, company gifts, and whaler folk art from the Onassis whaling venture, 1950 – 1956″ describes the exhibit curated by Mr. Barthelmess.

Tooth by the Onassis flag painter: Dedecke Whaling Collection

One response to “The Arts and Crafts of OLYMPIC CHALLENGER: Souvenirs, company gifts, and whaler folk art from the Onassis whaling venture, 1950 – 1956

  1. Richard Frank

    Dear Mr. Barthelmess,

    My name is Richard Frank and I am trying to develop some information about my family history. My focus is on my mothers side of the family originally from the Northern Fresian Islands. Wyk. Maiden name Peterson. The men in the Peterson family were whaling men in the late 1800’s early 1900’s. One was a Captain with a history of 372 whales in his history. Can you help me with any further information?
    Sincerely,
    Richard Frank
    rhf7725@hotmail.com

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