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Wright Light: 1949

Wright Light: 1949

May 13, 1949. "Russel Wright, residence and business at 221 E. 48th Street, New York City. Showroom." Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

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I've seen train cars that are warmer and more inviting than this.


The furniture may not look too comfortable, but the cowhide chair cushions are a nice touch.

Wright didn't live in this house for much longer. His wife and business partner Mary died in 1952, and he moved with his toddler daughter to his country estate "Manistoga" about 50 miles north of the city.

Snappy or snore?

I think this is the inverse of that familiar saying, "Youth is wasted on the young." Instead, the inherent beauty of modern design... no matter what "modern" era is depicted... is wasted on those who lived through that era. I've sat in dentists' waiting rooms that looked like this room; and had my parents buy me clothes and shoes in the department stores that Gottscho-Schleisner seemed to shoot so often. Familiarity breeds contempt, I guess, because I yawn at my pedestrian past, but enjoy Gottscho's gorgeous shots of hotel lobbies and other exotica.

Frank Lloyd

would definitely not approve.

That Folding Table

Anybody have an idea how that is supposed to work, and what the fittings on the end are for? Presumably you open it and slide it so the seam is in the middle of the frame, but it would be nice to know for sure.

Mid-Century Modern

Damn, that's some uglee furniture! And the couch gives me a backache just to look at it.

Electronic cigarettes

Are those hollow tubes in the dish cigarettes?

[Recessed filter tips. - Dave]

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