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Portrait of Jesse Shwayder, circa 1929

Identifier: B063.01.0001.00039


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.


  • circa 1929

Digital Repository

Portrait of Jesse Shwayder

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1 items (photograph)

Scope and Contents

From the Collection: The collection contains materials intentionally assembled by the Ira M. and Peryle Hayutin Beck Memorial Archives of Jews in the Rocky Mountain region. The bulk of the photographs are from or related to various towns in Colorado, but the collection also contains photographs from other states in the western United States.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good 10 x 7 inches black and white


Donated by Mr. Gordon Rosenblum.


reformatted digital
Title supplied by archivist.

Inscription and Marks

Handwritten on envelope: "#30 Jesse Shwayder, Founder of Samsonite Co., c. 1929." Handwritten on back of photograph: "#30, Portrait of Jesse Shwayder, founder of Samsonite Corporation circa 1929, donated by Mr. Gordon Rosenblum."

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

2150 East Evans Avenue
Denver CO 80208
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