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John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life

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What should a television look like? How should a dial on a radio feel to the touch? These were questions John Vassos asked when the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) asked him to design the first mass-produced television receiver, the TRK-12, which had its spectacular premier at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Vassos emigrated from Greece and arrived in the United States ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 30th 2016 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
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on modernization in the 1930's
"...streamlined objects reflected the utopian social values of the era, particularly a desire to speed effortlessly into the future and away from the Great Depression."

on changing gender norms
"Following the 1920's, the novel concept of the living room suggested an increasingly unisex home [...] modern design provided a solution to the domesticity-as-feminine problem."

on the acculturation of mass media into the American home
"There was some confusion about what would
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