Friday, July 1, 2011

Celebrate American Design!

The US Postal Service has given its stamp of approval for a dozen iconic household products featured on this page of "Pioneers of American Industrial Design" postage stamps! The series focuses on designers of  Machine Age products, a style that emerged during the Depression. Manufacturers wooed customers with futuristic household goods in materials such as Bakelite, aluminum and chrome. Meant for mass manufacturing, these designs departed from the more ornate detailing of the then-popular Art Deco style, adopting a streamlined appearance influenced by the silhouettes of planes, trains and ocean liners. The set pays tribute to famed 20th century designers who gave us everything from Fiestaware (Frederick Hurten Rhead) to the standard desk telephone (Henry Dreyfuss). Available at

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