Once again, I found some amazing Atomic Age radios on Radio Salon.

Philco - 1956

Philco - 1956

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Philco - 1956

Crosley - 1951 in "Firebird Red"

Crosley - 1951 in "Firebird Red"

Emerson - 1955

Emerson - 1955

Westinghouse - 1955

Westinghouse - 1955

Westinghouse - 1955

Westinghouse - 1955 "Atomic Dial"

Jewel - 1956

Jewel - 1956

Arvin - 1955

Arvin - 1955

Arvin - 1958

Arvin - 1958

Arvin - 1958

Arvin - 1958

Arvin - 1958 in "Flamingo Pink"

Arvin - 1958 in "Flamingo Pink"

Capehart - 1952 "Deluxe 6"

Capehart - 1952 "Deluxe 6"

Capehart - 1952 "Deluxe 6"

Capehart - 1952 "Deluxe 6"

Motorola - 1955

Motorola - 1955

Philco - 1958

Philco - 1958

Philco - 1959

Philco - 1959

Arvin - 1951 "Chrome"

Arvin - 1951 "Chrome"

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Radio Men – 1950’s

July 30, 2009

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I saw this amazing mid-century modern model of the Berkeley West Building by architect Charles M. Wickett on Ebay.

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I found these great vintage majorette photographs here.

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The new collection of David Hart & Co. is now available on Bergdorf Goodman’s website.

Spaceman Tie with Sputnik & Astronaut

Spaceman Tie with Sputnik & Astronaut

Detail of Spaceman tie

Detail of Spaceman tie

Bourbon Tie

Bourbon Tie

Male Chauvinist Pig Tie

Male Chauvinist Pig Tie

Detail of Male Chauvinist Pig Tie

Detail of Male Chauvinist Pig Tie

Horn Rim Glasses Tie

Horn Rim Glasses Tie

Skull Tie

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Detail of Skull Tie

Detail of Skull Tie

Vintage Television Tie

Vintage Television Tie

Boxers Tie

Boxers Tie

When Disney’s Mary Blair was working to design “It’s a Small World” for the 1964/1965 World’s Fair in New York City, she was incredibly up to date with art and design of the era.  Below are photographs of the ride’s facade at Disneyland.

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Below are concept sketches for the facade by Mary Blair, along with a video where she talks about the design process with Walt Disney prior to moving the ride to Disneyland from the World’s Fair.

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Blair may have been influenced by the work of Charles & Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, and Stig Lindberg; all who were incredibly popular at the time and were working with stacked shapes. Other artists may have included glass artist Georges Briard and fine artist Louise Nevelson.

Artwork by Stig Lindberg which incorporated stacked shapes

Artwork by Stig Lindberg which incorporated stacked shapes

Alexander and Susan Girard at the Herman Miller showroom with stacked shape artwork

Alexander and Susan Girard at the Herman Miller showroom with stacked shape artwork

Mr. Eames at home with stacked shapes

Mr. Eames at home with stacked shapes

Glass tray by Georges Briard

Glass tray by Georges Briard

Louise Nevelson's "Sky Cathedral"

Louise Nevelson's "Sky Cathedral"

Another of Louise Nevelson's wooden sculptures

Another of Louise Nevelson's wooden sculptures

The original World’s Fair ride also incorporated a kinetic sculpture titled “The Tower of the 4 Winds” designed by Rolly Crump. Unfortunately the tower was torn down when the fair ended.

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Crump and Disney with a model of "The Tower of the 4 Winds"

Crump and Disney with a model of "The Tower of the 4 Winds"

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Rolly Crump's "Tower of the 4 Winds" outside of "It's a Small World" at the New York World's Fair

Crump also may have been influenced by the work of Charles & Ray Eames and their solar powered “Do Nothing Machine”

Charles Eames with his solar powered toy

Charles Eames with his solar powered toy

The solar powered toy designed by Charles and Ray Eames

The solar powered toy designed by Charles and Ray Eames

Here are some more Mary Blair-isms that I found at Disneland:

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I found these great old photographs of at home radios and record players. These are great!

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Originally performed by Howard Morris. The Jetsons music video featuring ‘Jet Screamer’ from the 1960’s TV show.

The Sartorius Muscle, also know as “The Tailor’s Muscle” is the longest muscle in the human body. There are three hypotheses as to the genesis of the name “The Tailor’s Muscle”: One is that this name was chosen in reference to the cross-legged position in which tailors once sat. Another is that it refers to the location of the inferior portion of the muscle being the “inseam” or area of the inner thigh tailors commonly measure when fitting a pant. A third is that the muscle closely resembles a tailor’s ribbon. Thanks to my med-student friend Beth for introducing me to the bodies most “fashionable” muscle!

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