are especially pleased to introduce our September Man of the
Month, Harold E. MacEwen,
one of the Coast Survey’s most versatile men, being a
cartographic engineer, artist, cartoonist, able seaman, and
Mac was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., but moved to
Schuylerville while just a small child. Here he attended public
school and graduated from the Schuylerville High School as President
of his class.
While in the lower elementary grades, it is
told, a charming little Miss always insisted on being seated
next to Mac and when questioned as to why she desired being
seated in this place, answered that he drew her such pretty
This very definitely illustrated the early
development of this fellow’s versatility, as he was able
to draw pretty pictures for sweet little girl, keep alert enough
not to be caught by teacher and master the intricate problems
of the three R’s without batting an eye.
After serving in the 1st World War in the Engineer
Corps under command of Capt. E.P. Ellis, formerly of this Bureau,
Mac secured employment in the Coast Survey and was assigned
to the Cartographic Section. To further his education he attended
G.W. University and the Cochran Art School making possible the
enviable reputation he has since achieved as a cartographic
engineer, artist, cartoonist and a darned good fellow.
His outstanding achievements as a cartographic
engineer are his system of double scale compiling and photographic
reductions to desired scales; in art, the redesigning of the
Dept. of Commerce Seal which has been adjudged far more beautiful
and artistic than the original and will, undoubtedly, be officially
He contribute to the Patent Offices big celebration
of its 150th anniversary for which he designed a most unique
and artistic bottle, a replica of an original patent granted,
the program for the banquet on this occasion and several other
gadgets used during the celebration.
He is constantly sought by this bureau, Field
Engineers Bulletin, and many other agencies to execute some
work requiring high-class artistry and design and they are all
performed with that same skill and willingness characteristic
of the man.
As a cartoonist, his work on the Buzzard speaks
for itself to say nothing of his skill in putting on his well
known “chalk talks….”
The Buzzard saluted Mac as its Man of the Month
and wishes him continued success in his many activities.
“The Buzzard,” Vol. IX, No. 36, p. 1,2,6. September