Why Art Deco?
Why not? The imagery and innovative style of the period really appeals to me!
What nicer way to greet someone in the New Year or to this page? - Welcome
Spiders Web Perfume Bottle by Heinrich Hoffman - Czech origins - who wouldn't want one to grace their home?
There's something about the shapes used during this period that really appeals and the use of eau-de-nil complemented in a range of colours in the pink and purple domain makes it the perfect combination for me.
I actually found this page on my web-site by doing a search on something completely different - that was a little spooky I have to say but I'm glad I came across it because I found a spelling error which I have now rectified!
Paris - 1937 Exposition
International Exhibition, May to November', 1937. From The Sphere - Coronation Record Number. (The Sphere, London, 1937). © Getty Images
The GB Pavilion showcased the work of Oliver Hill and his team of the two Erics Gill and Ravilious and Marion Dorn with whom he had collaborated with on the Midland Hotel and other projects. Eric Gill created the font type for the London Underground and Ravilious interest in tennis made the sport so prominent in the pavilion created for the Paris 1937 Expo. All Pavilions are featured in the Section Etrangéres programme here
London Transport produced some remarkable artwork during the 1930s - this is a particularly interesting example, designed in 1931 by an unknown american artist. It advocates travelling on the underground during the 'Bright Hours'. The poster was recently sold at auction for £14,400.00.
This London Transport poster was designed by Abram Games in 1937. London Transport's logo appeared not only on signs and leaflets, but also in many creative publicity poster designs.
With thanks - of course to Eric Gill
Gill's Sketch for what would become the London Underground Logo remaining unchanged and being globally instantly recognisable
And some background history relating to the Underground sign
A lovely example of the finished product - underground station is opposite the Black Cat Factory
The Coronation Scot, Silver Jubilee and Mallard
As I was searching transport details I found The Coronation Scot. I didn't know this existed although I have always been a big fan of the shiny blue Mallard. Thanks to the National Railway Museum Blog for an excellent insight. As with London Transport all the train artwork is so inviting!
From l to r images of The Cormonation Scot, Silver Jubilee and the Mallard trains
An image from 1937 for the Coronation Scot
Reunited one last time - six of Britain's greatest steam engines
The Daily Mail dated 20th February 2014 carries a piece paying homage to these superbly designed steam engines:
World beater: The Mallard pictured in 1938 as it was about to start its record-breaking run along the East Coast Mainline when it hit 126mph - images courtesy and copyright of North News & Pictures Ltd.
As well as Mallard, the six include Sir Nigel Gresley - named after the designer - Union of South Africa, Bittern, Dominion of Canada and Dwight D. Eisenhower - images courtesy and copyright of North News & Pictures Ltd.
The world's fastest steam locomotive, Mallard (far right) and six of her sister trains were gathered in Shildon, County Durham, yesterday - images courtesy and copyright of North News & Pictures Ltd.
Kalakala (The Flying Bird) 1934-2015
The world's first streamlined vessel - now another icon lost forever!
The Orient Express Renaissance
Keeping the luxury alive in this modern poster for the revitalised Orient Express
Page updated : 13th December 2016