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Shwayder, Jesse, 1882-1970



Jesse Shwayder was born in Blackhawk, Colorado in 1882, one of five sons of Isaac and Rachel Kobey Shwayder. The Shwayder family moved to Denver and Jesse encouraged his father to open a small luggage store. Jesse married Nellie Weitz and went to work as a salesman for Seward Luggage in New York City. After a year, he had enough money and experience to come back to Denver and open the Shwayder Trunk Manufacturing Company in 1910, which became the renowned Samsonite Luggage Company. His son King D. Shwayder became president of Samsonite in 1962. Jesse Shwayder died in Denver in 1970.

Found in 20 Collections and/or Records:

Box 91, circa 1945

 File — Box B258.09.0091: Series B258.09 [Barcode: U186023258119]
Identifier: B258.09.0091

Contains an intaglio engraving plate of Jessie Shwayder, probably made of zinc.

Dates: circa 1945

Dinner Event, between 1940-1960

Identifier: B063.05.0052.00077

Several men and women sit at tables during a dinner event listening to a man at a speaker's podium. Seated second from right at the head table is Jesse Shwayder and fifth from the right is Rabbi Kauvar.

Dates: between 1940-1960

Family Information, Trees, and Charts, 1960-2000

Identifier: B433.02.0001.0012

File contains three pages of the Shwayder Line from Isaac Shwayder/Rachel Lea Kobey; family sheet of Jesse and Nellie Weitz Shwayder; family sheet of Isaac and Rachel Lea Kobey Shwayder; family sheet of Eugene and Deborah Shwayder Sims, daughter of Solomon and Ida Weitz Shwayder; family sheet of Solomon and Ida Weitz Shwayder; Hourglass Tree of Irving Bud Joshua Shwayder; handwritten tree of Solomon and Ida Weitz Shwayder; and research materials.

Dates: 1960-2000

Family of Jessie and Nellie Shwayder, circa 1922

Identifier: B063.05.0041.00083

Jesse and Nellie Shwayder sit for a family portrait surrounded by their five children. All members of the family are looking at Norma, the baby, who sits center on Jesse's lap and is the only individual looking at the camera. The other children are, left to right, Dorothy, Fay, King, and Ruth.

Dates: circa 1922

Individuals, 1962-1994

Identifier: B113.01.0001.0004

File contains newspaper clippings from 1962-1994 that are about individual people in the Jewish Denver community. The majority of the articles are from the early 1980s.

Dates: 1962-1994

Isaac Shwayder Family, circa 1905

Identifier: B063.05.0041.00085

Isaac and Rachel Shwayder sit for a formal family portrait surrounded by their ten children: Sol, Jesse, Rachel, Mark, Gertrude, Florence, Maurice, Hannah, Ben and Liebe.

Dates: circa 1905

Jesse Shwayder Formal Portrait, circa 1929

Identifier: B063.08.0031.0004.00001

Formal portrait of Jesse Shwayder standing with his hands in his pockets. In the early 1900s, Jesse Shwayder opened a small luggage factor in Denver with his father, Isaac, and brothers Mark, Maurice, Benjamin, and Solomon. Together they turned it into one of the largest luggage producers in America, the Samsonite Corporation.

Dates: circa 1929

Jesse Shwayder Holding Incendiary Bomb, circa 1940

Identifier: B063.01.0001.00014

Jesse Shwayder holds an incendiary bomb manufactured by Shwayder Brothers during World War II. From left to right: Emmet Heisler, Jesse Shwayder, seated, Louis Degen. Two of the men in the photograph are unidentified. The Shwayders founded the Samsonite Corporation.

Dates: circa 1940

Jesse Shwayder with Golden Rule Marbles, between 1960-1970

Identifier: B063.01.0001.00015

Jesse Shwayder sits at a desk with a set of Golden Rule Marbles. These marbles were often given away to employees of the Samsonite Corporation, as well as visitors to remind them of the Golden Rule.

Dates: between 1960-1970

Jewish Event, between 1940-1960

Identifier: B063.05.0052.00079

Six men pose together at a Jewish event including Rabbi Kauvar (standing left), Jesse Shwayder (standing right), and Sid Jacobs (sitting right).

Dates: between 1940-1960

Additional filters:

Archival Object 19
Collection 1
Colorado 14
Denver (Colo.) 13
Jewish businesspeople 9
Jewish men 7
Jews 6