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Art Deco Postcardsby Patricia Bayer
Synopses & Reviews
Art Deco was one of the most captivating and popular artistic movements of the twentieth century, and its iconic blend of luxury and simplicity still bewitches us today. This volume has an entirely original approach to the subject: it features postcards from the 1920s to 1940s—from nightclubs, hotels, and restaurants to skyscrapers, apartment buildings, and airports—each landmark or interior immortalized in miniature.
Emblems of the era, such as the Chrysler and Empire State buildings, appear, as well as a selection of less well-known façades and interiors from around the world. The expositions and world fairs that drove the development of the style were often ephemeral displays, and the book captures these structures that are no longer on the map but have left an enduring legacy.
A special pop-out-and-keep facsimile section includes detachable reproductions of some of the most important and beautiful cards.
Book News Annotation:
Following an introduction to the Art Deco style, Bayer (Art Deco Architecture, Decoration and Design Classics of the 1920s and 1930s) presents 250 reproduced postcards from the 1920s-1940s primarily from the U.S.; several are detachable. The book includes major names in the creation of postcards; and notes on the Art Deco structures featured (e.g., buildings at world fairs, theaters, ocean liners, trains, train stations, even cars and gas stations). Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A wide-ranging and unique survey of Art Deco architecture and design, told through postcards of the era.
About the Author
Patricia Bayer is an art historian who has written extensively on Art Deco design and architecture. Her books include Art Deco Architecture, Art Deco Interiors, and Art Deco Postcards. She lives in Connecticut.
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