Gail S. Davidson and Hampton Wayt

Fast as a Silver Bullet!


It could be argued that the 1930s was the golden era of the industrial designer in America.  During the Depression, American manufacturers had to compete for limited consumer dollars.  Industry leaders turned to a crop of former theater and graphic designers including Norman Bel Geddes, Walter Dorwin Teague, Henry Dreyfuss, and Raymond Loewy to restyle and re-engineer their industrial and consumer products to seduce clients and consumers.  These four industrial design pioneers applied the “streamline” style, based on the aerodynamics of boats and planes, to such d