Image from Denver Public Library
Imagine a time and place where you could hop on the Burlington Zephyr for a quick day trip or your ride to work. Earning the nickname “Silver Streak” after a quick promotional run from Denver to Chicago of 13 hours and 5 minutes, it then continued regular operation from 1934 to its retirement in 1960.
You can still “ride” this icon at the Museum of Science + Industry Chicago on this tour, but until then I highly recommend visiting Philbrook Museum of Art before the Streamlined exhibit moves on May 15, 2011. I am so inspired by the dedication to streamlined design. Everything from the most mundane everyday use item such as a mixing spoon to the highly stylized and sleek forms of transportation have examples of streamlined design.
Airstream Travel Trailer at the Philbrook Museum of Art
Here you will find inspiration ranging from blenders to scooters and vacuum cleaners and irons to pitchers and refrigerator containers. Some items I wouldn’t mind adding to my collection include the Relax-It Massager, GE Turntable and the Vornado Standing Fan.
To get the look today I would recommend:
Mecca Console Table
Image from Exclusively Home
Crate and Barrel Bread-Storage Bin
Image from Crate and Barrel
West Elm Bead Vase
Image from West Elm
or this First Aid Kit
Image from ModCloth
I hope to have inspired you to learn more about the sleek, stylish designs of the 1930’s in a hopeful America. To learn more about the exhibit itself, read at Tasha Does Tulsa. I will leave you with the beautiful “Royal Blue” a President’s class steam locomotive on the B & O New York – Washington DC line.
Public Domain Image found here