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Edward Steichen (American, b. Luxembourg 1879-1973) Frances Farmer, Sept. 21, 1937, Dye Transfer print, Bequest of Edward Steichen under the direction of Joanna T. Steichen, © Estate of Edward Steichen, George Eastman House.

Frances Farmer (American, 1913–1970) was an actress of stage and screen. While she is best known for the many sensationalized and fictional accounts of her life, and especially her involuntary commitment to a mental hospital, she was also known for her independent spirit and for valuing talent over glamour. This striking portrait by Edward Steichen was taken in 1937 after she took a leave from Hollywood to do summer stock theater in Westchester, New York. 

This photograph was on view in The Gender Show at George Eastman House through October 13, 2013!
 
Frances Farmer, September 1937
She had taken a leave from Hollywood to do summer stock theater in Westchester, New York when this photo was taken

photo by Edward Steichen, © Estate of Edward Steichen, George Eastman House. from http://goo.gl/0Mmaz #hollywood  
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NORMAN PARKINSON
Norman Parkinson  was a celebrated English portrait and fashion photographer.

Parkinson was born in London, and educated at Westminster School. He began his career in 1931 as an apprentice to the court photographers, Speaight and Sons Ltd. In 1934 he opened his own studio together with Norman Kibblewhite, in London's Piccadilly. From 1935 to 1940 he worked for Harper's Bazaar and Bystander magazines. During the Second World War he served as a reconnaissance photographer over France for the Royal Air Force. From 1945 to 1960 he was employed as a portrait and fashion photographer for Vogue. from 1964 until his death he worked as a freelance photographer. 

Speedboat, Dubrovnik 1937
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elizabeth loved what was called streamline design. it seemed like a smart continuation of art deco into modernism. she also thought about les corbusier and eileen grey this way. all very smart prolongations of art deco stile ideas into modernism. she liked it and she liked the new cosmopolitain styles from the united states. it was fresh and light and comfortable ...
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Kem Weber: Lounge Chair: Designed 1934 The Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection, SHLSL 2003.17 "As the depression decade of the 1930s progressed, Americans saw a new aspect of the Art Deco style emerge in the marketplace: Streamlining. The Streamlining concept was first created by industrial designers who stripped Art Deco design of its ornament in favor of the aerodynamic pure-line concept of motion and speed developed from scientific thinking. Cylindrical forms and long horizontal windowing also may be influenced by constructivism. As a result an array of designers quickly ultra-modernized and streamlined the designs of everyday objects. Manufacturers of clocks, radios, telephones, cars, furniture and numerous other household appliances embraced the concept with open arms.
The style was the first to incorporate electric light into architectural structure. In the First Class dining room of the SS Normandie, fitted out 1933–35, twelve tall pillars of Lalique glass and 38 columns lit from within illuminated the room. The Strand Palace Hotel foyer (1930), preserved from demolition by the Victoria and Albert Museum during 1969, was one of the first uses of internally-lit architectural glass, and coincidentally was the first Moderne interior preserved in a museum.
The Streamline Moderne was both a reaction to Art Deco and a reflection of austere economic times. Gone was unnecessary ornament. Sharp angles were replaced with simple, aerodynamic curves. Exotic woods and stone were replaced with cement and glass.
Art Deco and Streamline Moderne were not necessarily opposites. Streamline Moderne buildings with a few Deco elements were not uncommon but the prime movers behind streamline design (Raymond Loewy, Walter Dorwin Teague, Gilbert Rohde, Norman Bel Geddes) all disliked Art Deco, seeing it as effete, falsely modern, essentially a fraud."
quoted from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streamline_Moderne
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- Boeing S-307 Stratoliner -

The "Stratoliner" first took flight back in 1938. The one seen here is the sole survivor of this historic model and is now housed at the Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport in Washington DC.

This is a composite image. Yes, I took the photo but no, it was not taken at 30,000 feet.  I dropped in a sky to remove the cluttered floor of the museum. Shot taken from level 3 of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Read more details and see more abstract photos at http://jimijonesvisuals.com/boeing-s-307-stratoliner/

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Frida kahlo Painting two fridas 1938
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Tyrone Power and Loretta Young in "Cafe Metropole" , 1937
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The Golden Gate Bridge, opening day May 27, 1937
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GEORGES PAULIN was a talented inventor, car designer and dentist—and during World War II, an operative for the French Resistance. One of his automotive inventions earned him a French patent. One of his car designs competed in three Le Mans 24 Hours of Endurance races—and finished 6th overall in one—more than a decade after it was built. His activities and then death during WWII are worthy of a spy novel. http://simanaitissays.com/2013/02/19/georges-paulin-stylist-spy/

Ten years after Ellerbeck’s first effort, Georges Paulin a French dentist was granted a patent in his homeland for a very refined retractable top design in 1931. The following year he filed for a U.S. patent for the very unusual design, which is covered in detail at the bottom of this post. It has been reported that between the years of 1934 and 1938 Paulin was body designer for Carrosserie Pourtout; The designers first retractable tops constructed there, called the “Eclipse” and seen above, were built on various models of the early to mid-thirties Peugeot chassis.

- See more at: http://theoldmotor.com/?tag=georges-paulin#sthash.m41ALwM8.dpuf
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Leon Trotsky on Mexican painter Diego Rivera (1938)
Andre Breton, Diego Rivera and Leon Trotsky in Mexico  In his June 1938 article, “Art and Politics in Our Epoch,” Leon Trotsky discussed the work of Mexican painter and muralist Diego Rivera, who was at that time in political sympathy with the Fourth Intern...
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