Vintage photos of lost Shopping Malls of the '50s, '60s & '70s
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posted by Keith @ 10/14/2006
Oh my gosh, where do I begin? The cute little red rotary phone, the interesting mailbox, the beautiful housewife clothes, the handy dany gadgets and the funky buildings and cars. Wow. What a pleasure!
This is a really cool film for the design enthusiast. Thanks for digging it up, Keith.Even though the film very much emphasized the Americanness of the look, similar designs could be found in Europe and even beyond the iron curtain at the same time. Indeed, I made out a handful of design classics that were the products of Scandinavian, Dutch or Italian designers rather than Americans (though in at least one case produced by an American company, so I guess it counts). Still, there is a reason it's sometimes called International Style.And of course, the fact that Ikea still sells similar stuff is quite apt, considering the Scandinavians were one of the driving forces behind the modernist style. Besides, whatever one may think of Ikea, they produce inexpensive and generally well designed products, which accounts for their huge success.I found it quite interesting that the new Chevrolet car (I love those tailfins, BTW) was modelled first in clay. German car manufacturers tended to use wood - I've seen full-scale wood models in museums.
You have been scouring archive.org haven't you? I have a bunch of these old educational films too in my archive, very neat stuff indeedy deed!
The Land+Living site must've seen this post. They have this same vid up there, too, now.Knew I had seen it somewhere already. ;-)
does anyone know what model car is featured in the last third of this film?
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