Image description: The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum recently launched Object of the Day to showcase the more than 217,000 objects in their collection.
This image, “Design for Streamline Sleeper Car with Two Seat Compartment,” is one of the featured objects. It was created by Raymond Loewy, an industrial designer, on January 16, 1935. Loewy created designs for the original Coca-Cola contour bottle and logo, the Exxon logo, and the Avanti car in the 1950s and 1960s design. He is lesser known for his work for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Learn more about this object.
The 12 new Forever stamps pay tribute to industrial designers that revolutionized American life in the 20th century.
Twelve industrial designers have been honored by the United States Postal Service with a new set of Forever stamps. The Pioneers of American Industrial Design stamp pane features some of the nation’s most significant industrial designers from the past century. The work of these designers has changed and improved everyday life in the 20th century. From furniture to electronics, these designers have greatly improved the way we live.
Below, we highlight some of the designers honored in the new stamps. Featured on each stamp is the designer’s name, a photograph of an object they created, as well as a description and the year it was created.
- Walter Dorwin Teague: Teague, known as the “dean of industrial design” created several cameras, through a partnership with Eastman Kodak Company. Created in 1934, “Baby Brownie” is featured on the stamp, which included art deco styling, and a viewfinder that popped down when not being used.
- Raymond Loewy: One of the most influential industrial designers of the 20th century, Loewy shaped the look of modern America. His firm designed cars, furniture, company logos, and office tools, such as the pencil sharpener featured in the USPS stamp set.
- Dave Chapman: Chapman is most known for modernizing classroom furniture and creating award-winning designs for household appliances. In 1947, Chapman modernized the sewing machine, giving it a sleek design like car designers were doing at the time. Chapman worked with clients such as Corning Glass, Maytag and Sears.
Learn about all the featured designers and see their stamps.