Montag, 30. Januar 2012

And More Norman Bel Geddes

Pencil Points 21. July 1940: 417

Komisch, der hier scheibt: Motor Car No. 8, ca 1932 - das Modell schien mir anders... anyway, more more pictures...

Norman Bel Geddes (1893-1958), a pioneer in stage design, was involved as writer and/or designer in more than one hundred plays, motion pictures, and other theatrical performances ranging from the opera to the circus. Bel Geddes established his reputation in 1924 by successfully collaborating with Max Reinhardt on The Miracle. In addition to the unproduced Divine Comedy (1921), his most significant productions were Hamlet (1931), Dead End (1935), and The Eternal Road (1937). As a theater architect, Bel Geddes designed television studios for NBC in the 1950s. Bel Geddes' voluminous papers, the bulk of which date from 1914 to 1958, document his theater and industrial design work in equal measure and, frequently, in great detail. Works represented in the collection range from designs for the Gershwin musical Lady Be Good to industrial designs for the General Motors 1939 World's Fair Futurama exhibition. His theater files include renderings, drawings, production record books, photographs, publicity materials, correspondence, programs, legal documents and contracts, specifications, and source data. The industrial design work is documented with client correspondence, proposals, presentation books, contracts, research data, budgets, estimates, specifications, drawings, models, and publicity materials such as clippings and photographs. In addition, files for most projects from the 1930s and 1940s include job diaries and photographic record copy books.


The enormous archive of theater and industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes (1893-1958), famous for his use of streamlining, contains his business records as well as drawings and models for such major projects as the "Futurama" exhibition of the 1939 World's Fair. Bel Geddes, who explored the aesthetics of aerodynamics in his work, patented designs for streamlined automobiles and locomotives. He also published pictures of house models he called "The Home of Tomorrow" in Ladies Home Journal, which proved to influence the design of all aspects of the home, from toaster to façade.

NOTE:::: i deleted 2 photos of the fantastic car... copyright of Mr. van Dyke... I shall remodel the whole or delete the text as well,,, need some time to think of what is important for my blog... be sure:::: I LOVE Norman Bel Geddes Design... that is what this is about...  Happy Day!

but you can see that marvellous car right here::

and here:


  1. Hello,

    I am glad that you like my photo of the Norman Bel Geddes car at the bottom of your blog post. Unfortunately, it is copyrighted. Please remove at once.

    A Van Dyke

  2. Uuuups, please apologize, I did not intend to be any kind of garçon mauvais and harm any (c) but you write the picture at the bottom, that is a coloured one, when searching your pics I think it might be the middle b/w photo...
    see e.g.

    could you kindly indicate which one and I'd be happy to remove it... or, is there a possibility to leave it here... this blog is absolutely non commercial and simply about a house i build and fill up with Art Déco stuff, and about the time of Art Déco and its cultural environment, the leaving of earth, the discovery of speed and space...
    could you kindly contact me per e-mail at

    1. I shot both of the car photos; however, the b&w one is posted on Wikipedia and is a share-alike license, whereas the color one is copyrighted.

      Normally, I would merely ask for some sort of credit and leave it at that, but I can't help but notice that the text is also lifted from elsewhere ( I would prefer my images be associated with original work.

  3. Dear Mr Van Dyke... pls give me a few days and I remodel the whole... clear I took from the net, it's just for my style search... don't worry I shall delete the photos and put links to other pages... thank you for your understanding... best yours, E