Posts tagged 1939
Posts tagged 1939
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.
LA’s Union Station opened in May 1939.
The iconic leather chairs in Union Station’s waiting area, ready for the coming crowds, 1939.
One can pretty much assume that little broadcast building is Deco.
Picture postcard of L.A. television pioneer and Cadillac dealer Don Lee’s T.V. station atop Mt. Lee, broadcasting at W6XAO, in 1939.
One of those later Wright designs that definitely fits in with Deco. In particular look at the mantlepiece.
The interior of the Hollyhock House, as seen in 1939. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, the house in East Hollywood is now the centerpiece of Barnsdall Art Park.
The Hollywood Bowl, 1939.
White Mana, Jersey City, New Jersey
Night shot of White Mana.
Opening in 1939 for the World’s Fair in Queens, the White Mana of Jersey City was called an “introduction to fast food.” The diner opened in 1946 after being moved from its original site, and is a local landmark at the corner of Tonnelle and Manhattan Ave. Its name pays homage to the Biblical food “Mana.” Carhop service until 5 AM started in the 50’s and was canceled in the 80’s.
The burgers are made on a griddle that has probably not had much more than a scrape down in 50 years or so, since the Mana has been open 24 hours a day almost continuously since originally opening.
And believe me the burgers are epic in taste! The tiny diner seats about 20, and diners are treated to a juicy burger covered in onions and cheese, with a steamed bun. Who do you think White Castle copied off?