Posts tagged 1939
Posts tagged 1939
Skyline with Empire State Building, ca. 1939
by Wurts Brothers
Great skyline shot from the Museum of the City of New York’s photo collections. Available as a print via the MCNY online shop.
Greyhound station in Portland, OR. -Wendy
Greyhound Bus Terminal in the Streamline Moderne style; Portland, Oregon.
Photographer: Marion Dean Ross.
Memorabilia from an event that’s one of my obsessions. -Wendy
Items from the New York Worlds Fair, 1939.
Works Progress Administration Building, Queens, New York
Naturally the New York World’s Fair 1939/1940 had to have a WPA building!
William A. Dobak. Works Progress Administration Building, 1939. Collection on the 1939/1940 New York World’s Fair. Museum of the City of New York, X2012.66.170
Greyhound Bus Terminal, Evansville, Indiana
There are so many great pics of this Streamline station, it was hard to choose one, but I chose this close up.
Here’s background from one of my favorite web sites, Roadside Architecture:
The Evansville station was designed by Arrasmith and built from 1938-1939. The initial plans called for an exterior faced with Indiana limestone. Postcards, like that above, show the building with the incorrect color scheme. The central cylinder design suited this corner location and was repeated in later Greyhound stations. This building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2007, Greyhound moved to a new facility and this building has been vacant since then. The windows were boarded in 2009 and the porcelain enamel panels have been painted a lighter blue. In 2011, it was announced that the building would soon house the Indiana Landmarks southwest field office. For more, see these websites: 1,2, 3.
CBS radio station, 1939.
May 24, 1939— A night view, with neon signs lit, of the exterior of the studio of CBS radio and its L.A. affiliate KNX. Architect: William Lescaze.
Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Building, Atlanta, GA
by Brent Moore
As I’ve mentioned here a couple of times, I’ll be talking about this blog at SoCon here in Atlanta, and with the event this weekend, I thought I’d switch off lamps and for a bit and switch onto some of Atlanta’s landmark Art Deco. That way, people can see what this blog is mostly about — buildings. (Although I still like lamps and furniture and staircases, he he.)
To start with, a grand 1930s building that’s just down the street from me. This building was originally built as a post office and then later was converted to federal offices. It underwent extensive renovations a couple of years ago and its now looking great.
This federal building in downtown Atlanta was constructed in an Art Deco style common to many WPA buildings of that era. The Modernistic style of the Federal architecture of this period has since become described as “starved classicism”. Originally, the building was used as a Post Office building. Also, it became the first federal building to be named ater the civil rights leader and is also located on a street named in honor of King. It underwent a renovation that was completed in 2011.
Lightolier “Century” Series 3-Light Chandelier, c1939
This late 30s lamp resembles a space probe — or what people imagined a space probe would be like.
Here’s info on this vintage beauty:
Updating a family of fixtures that had been introduced in the mid-1930s, Lightolier’s “Century” series had a sleek Streamline profile and a clean, modern look that found great appeal just before the war. “Century Lightoliers make exquisite employment of that generous but tasteful use of color with modern decoration permits.” This example retains its original Toned White and Brass finish, and “sunset effect Colorama glass” (as well as a hidden switch in the rotating cone finial at the base of the body).
Fanciful beyond belief!
Three views of the Art Moderne Academy Theater, Inglewood, 1939, and a Google Street View of the building today.
From the year the station opened.
Woman and porter, Union Station, 1939.