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Author Szerlip, Barbara, author.

Title The man who designed the future : Norman Bel Geddes and the invention of twentieth-century America / B. Alexandra Szerlip.

Publication Info. Brooklyn : Melville House, [2017]


Location Call No. Status
 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  92 GEDDES    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  745.092 SZE    Check Shelf
 Southington Library - Adult  B BEL GEDDES    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Biographies  B GEDDES NORMAN S    Check Shelf
Description xvii, 396 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary "Norman Bel Geddes designed everything from Broadway sets to Chrysler cars; from the first all-weather stadium to Futurama, the prescient 1939 World's Fair exhibit that would go down as the most popular of all time. In The Man Who Designed the Future, B. Alexandra Szerlip tells the astonishing story of a 9th grade dropout with a Midwestern twang who presided over a seismic shift in American culture--a moment in which entertainment became immersive, people became consumers, and the country came to look the way it does today"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [368]-387) and index.
Contents The boy from Adrian (1893-1912) -- Chicago/Detroit (1913-1916) -- Hollywood (1916-1917) -- Manhattan (1917-1919) -- From Dante to Gershwin (1919-1922) -- Prelude to a miracle (1923-1924) -- Hollywood/Paris (1925) -- Colossal in scale, appalling in complexity (1926-1935) -- Goods into roses (1920s) -- Skyscrapers/Streamlining (1931-1933) -- The democratization of design (1930s) -- What geniuses worry about (1930s) -- Too good to succeed: the Chrysler Airflow (1933-1937) -- Fickle mistress (1929-1937) -- Birth of a classic, death of a beauty (January 1938) -- Too goddamned Waldorf Astoria: the exhibit that nearly wasn't (1936-1940) -- Crystal Lassies; or, The future will be topless (1938-1940) -- Elephants in tutus (1940-1942) -- "...that stinking dirty, filthy piece about me in the New Yorker" (1941) -- All the wonders that would be (1940-1945) -- Quantity trumps quality (1945-1950) -- Prodigal daughter (1950s) -- Edith (1950-1958) -- Epilogue.
Subject Geddes, Norman Bel, 1893-1958.
Designers -- United States -- Biography.
Design -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Artists, Architects, Photographers.
HISTORY -- United States -- 20th Century.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Industrial Design -- General.
Geddes, Norman Bel, 1893-1958. (OCoLC)fst00041132
Design. (OCoLC)fst00891253
Designers. (OCoLC)fst00891345
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Online version: Szerlip, Barbara. Man who designed the future. Brooklyn : Melville House, 2017 9781612195551 (DLC) 2016051081
ISBN 9781612195629 (hardcover)
1612195628 (hardcover)
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