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Note Cards “Lulu W. Eppes at Ellsworth, Maine” by Lewis Victor Mays, Jr.
Set of 10 NOTE Cards.
LEWIS VICTOR MAYS, JR. (1927-2015) was the son of Indiana parents transplanted to Manhattan. Raised in Bronxville, NY, during the 1930’s, he vividly recalls square-rigged, rust-streaked grain ships sailing up Long Island Sound, weathered schooners still working the coast and the thrill of driving past rows of magnificent Atlantic liners at their Hudson River piers. His interest in both the sea and drawing began at an early age. Mays enlisted in the Navy in the latter days of World War II and was commissioned upon graduation from Yale following the war. While at Yale he took several art electives and after college wrote and illustrated Fast Iron, a sea novel for older children which won the Boys Club of America Gold Medal. Mays continued a career as a writer and freelance illustrator of magazines and books with a parallel career as a naval Intelligence officer on both active and reserve service. In 1978, Mays retired from the naval reserve as a Captain, and at the same time gave up book illustration, devoting full time to historically oriented marine watercolors. He concentrated on the everyday working vessels of the 19th and early 20th centuries, favoring stone sloops, oyster carriers and coal schooners.
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