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Name Powell, Doane
Born 1881
Birthplace Omaha, NE
Places of residence Omaha, Nebraska
New York, New York
Education University of Nebraska
Notes Obituary lists brother (Atherton, CA), Sidney K. and sister, Mrs. K.P. Rogers (Oakland, CA). See scrapbook in NSHS Archives.
Occupation Doane Powell, an Omaha-born cartoonist, illustrator, and artist, graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in art in 1904. He later studied in Paris art academies and was an instructor at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Powell, although primarily an illustrator, during his later career made masks of many notables, including Mae West, Gen. Hugh Johnson, Huey Long, and Greta Garbo.

While in Nebraska he was active in the art world. In 1911 he organized the Omaha Art Guild and served as its first president. His political cartoons appeared sporadically in the Omaha Bee between 1910 and the early 1920s.

Powell was already cartooning during his student days at NU. He was identified in the 1904 Sombrero, the school yearbook, as staff artist for the annual. Two of his early cartoons date from 1902 and were published in the Omaha World-Herald (on microfilm at the Nebraska State Historical Society). The first (from the issue of July 6, 1902) is a collage of drawings depicting comic twists on current events of the week. The second series of drawings ran a week later on July 13, 1902, and illustrated an article entitled "How Business Men Enjoy a Picnic-Outings That make Some People Glad, Others Not."

Powell's later cartoons for the Omaha Bee were political, often run on the front page. One, entitled "Real Protection," published September 30, 1919, expressed Omaha's gratitude for federal military assistance during the 1919 riot in which a mob hanged accused rapist Will Brown and burned the Douglas County Court House.

Powell relocated to New York City in the 1920s where his mask making career flourished. His masks, of famous figures, were used in theater productions, social events, movies and television as well as advertising campaigns.
Publications Masks and How to Make Them, 1948
Relationships Kari Hunt, Apprentice
Role Artist
Spouse Rudersdorf, Edna
Children Powell, Jane Katherine
Cantrell, Joselyn Powell
Deceased 1951
Deceased where New York, NY

Associated Records

Image of 13289-16 - Portrait Mask, Buffalo Bill Cody; Made by Doane Powell

13289-16 - Portrait Mask, Buffalo Bill Cody; Made by Doane Powell

Full head mask depicting entertainer Buffalo Bill Cody. Centers of eyes and nostrils cut out. Two small holes in each ear.

Image of 13289-17 - Portrait Mask, Alfred Sloan; Made by Doane Powell

13289-17 - Portrait Mask, Alfred Sloan; Made by Doane Powell

Full head mask depicting a man with a tight smile. Pupils and nostrils cut out. Identified as Alfred P. Sloan, President and CEO of General Motors.

Image of 13289-29 - Portrait Mask, Al Smith; Made by Doane Powell

13289-29 - Portrait Mask, Al Smith; Made by Doane Powell

Full head mask depicting 1928 presidential candidate Al Smith with a cigar in his mouth. Pupils of eyes and nostrils cut out.

Image of 13289-3 - Portrait Mask, Benito Mussolini; Made by Doane Powell

13289-3 - Portrait Mask, Benito Mussolini; Made by Doane Powell

Full head mask depicting Benito Mussolini. Pupils and nostrils cut out. "Kari Hunt" written in black marker on the inside of the mask.

Image of 13289-30 - Portrait Mask, unknown red headed woman; Made by Doane Powell

13289-30 - Portrait Mask, unknown red headed woman; Made by Doane Powell

Full head mask depicting a woman with dark eyebrows and curly red hair piled on her head. Pupils and nostrils cut out. Small puncture holes throughout curls, probably for ventilation. Clear plastic drop earrings in ears. "Life (Like) Mask of Kari Hunt" written inside in black marker.

Image of 13289-32-(1) - Portrait Mask, Esquire Magazine Man; Made by Doane Powell

13289-32-(1) - Portrait Mask, Esquire Magazine Man; Made by Doane Powell

Full head mask depicting the Esquire Magazine Man, an advertising caricature used in the 1940s to sell items featured in the magazine. Pupils, nostrils, and mouth cut out. White fabric bowtie at throat. Groupings of small puncture holes on top of head and at bridge of nose.

Image of 13289-32-(2) - Hat, Portrait Mask, Esquire Magazine Man; Made by Doane Powell

13289-32-(2) - Hat, Portrait Mask, Esquire Magazine Man; Made by Doane Powell

Black, narrow brimmed top hat for Esquire Magazine Man mask. Probably originally sewn to mask.

Image of 13289-31 - Portrait Mask, Glenda Farrell; Made by Doane Powell

13289-31 - Portrait Mask, Glenda Farrell; Made by Doane Powell

Full head mask depicting actress Glenda Farrell. Pupils and nostrils cut out. Written in pencil on a piece of fabric tape inside the mask is "Glenda Farrell."

Image of 13289-12 - Portrait Mask, General MacArthur; Made by Doane Powell

13289-12 - Portrait Mask, General MacArthur; Made by Doane Powell

Full head mask depicting General MacArthur wearing a military hat. Pupils and nostrils cut out. There are crudely painted metallic gold decorations on the hat.

Image of 13289-33 - Portrait Mask, José Ferrer; Made by Doane Powell

13289-33 - Portrait Mask, José Ferrer; Made by Doane Powell

Full head mask depicting actor José Ferrer as Toulouse-Lautrec, a character he played in the 1952 movie "Moulin Rouge." Centers of eyes and nostrils cut out. Crepe eyebrows and beard. Written inside the mask is "by Kari Hunt." Written twice inside is "Jose Ferrer / Toulouse Latrec (sic)."

Image of 13289-58 - Portrait Mask, Female Character; Made by Doane Powell

13289-58 - Portrait Mask, Female Character; Made by Doane Powell

Full head mask depicting a woman with very curly graying hair and an upturned nose. Pupils and nostrils cut out.

Image of 13289-34 - Portrait Mask, Noel Coward; Made by Doane Powell

13289-34 - Portrait Mask, Noel Coward; Made by Doane Powell

Full head mask depicting playwright Noel Coward. Pupils and nostrils cut out.

Image of 13289-35 - Portrait Mask, Blonde Female Character Half-mask; Made by Doane Powell

13289-35 - Portrait Mask, Blonde Female Character Half-mask; Made by Doane Powell

Half mask depicting a blonde woman with large eyes. Pupils and nostrils cut out. Eyelashes made of crepe. "Kari Hunt" written in black marker inside the mask.

Image of 13289-36 - Portrait Mask, Bald Man half-mask; Made by Doane Powell

13289-36 - Portrait Mask, Bald Man half-mask; Made by Doane Powell

Half mask depicting a bald man with pointed ears and heavy eyebrows. Pupils and nostrils cut out. Written in black marker inside is "Kari Hunt."

Image of 13289-72 - Hook, Wood, for hanging portrait masks

13289-72 - Hook, Wood, for hanging portrait masks

Rectangular block of wood connected to a round wooden disc by a 3.5 inch dowel. Metal loop at top of block for hanging on wall. Nail through center of disc. Used by artist Doane Powell to display his portrait masks.

Image of 13289-37 - Portrait Mask, Thomas Dewey; Made by Doane Powell

13289-37 - Portrait Mask, Thomas Dewey; Made by Doane Powell

Full head mask depicting politician Thomas Dewey. Pupils of eyes and nostrils are cut out.

Image of 13289-10 - Portrait Mask, Grover Whalen; Made by Doane Powell

13289-10 - Portrait Mask, Grover Whalen; Made by Doane Powell

Full head mask depicting politician Grover Whalen. Pupils of eyes and nostrils cut out. Written in ink inside the mask is "Whalen."

Image of 13289-15 - Portrait Mask, Franklin D. Roosevelt; Made by Doane Powell

13289-15 - Portrait Mask, Franklin D. Roosevelt; Made by Doane Powell

Full head mask depicting President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Eyes, nostrils, and mouth cut out. Wire arranged in the shape of spectacles on bridge of nose. Written in black marker inside is "Kari Hunt."

Image of 13289-11 - Portrait Mask, Adolf Hitler; Made by Doane Powell

13289-11 - Portrait Mask, Adolf Hitler; Made by Doane Powell

Full head mask depicting Adolf Hitler. Pupils and nostrils cut out. "Kari Hunt" written in black marker inside mask.

Image of 13289-1 - Portrait Mask, Daniel Webster; Made by Doane Powell

13289-1 - Portrait Mask, Daniel Webster; Made by Doane Powell

Full head mask depicting lawyer/politician Daniel Webster. Centers of eyes and nostrils cut out. Written twice in black marker inside is "Kari Hunt."