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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Open Office: 1958

Open Office: 1958

        Somewhere around Los Angeles circa 1958. "Aluminum Group furniture (chairs, ottomans, tables) designed by Charles Eames for Herman Miller Inc." Large format negative from the Office of Charles and Ray Eames.

Back again at the waiting room without walls, this time a bit earlier in the day, we get our second look at these people, including Ray Eames, striding along at the upper right. New to the scene is a photographer wielding a Hasselblad, a medium format camera much favored by professionals. View full size.

Same truck

I believe this is the exact same truck as depicted on the famous 1961 Eames Tandem (airport) seating photograph. Over the course of three years, it did accumulate quite a few more dents.

Ray's Book

Ray Eames is carrying a copy of Ernst Lehner's "Alphabets and Ornaments," first published in hardcover in 1952 by the World Publishing Co., Cleveland and New York. This is still a standard reference for designers and students in its many Dover reprint editions.

That truck

I'd slap a newborn for a Studebaker truck like that!

Studebaker 2R

Love the old Studebaker 2R pickup. Introduced in 1949, they were designed by Robert Bourke (of Raymond Loewy's firm). Can't really tell what year this truck is, cash-strapped Studebaker stuck with the same basic design for years. Based on the wear and tear though, this 2R is probably an early model.

Results

I'd love to see the results of all of this effort. Is there a catalog or any images from the actual product shoot? Every detail is fascinating!

Photoshop

is really underrated!

Must be early

The guard dog hasn't arrived yet.

Shoeless Joe

I wonder why the chap at the top of the photo left his shoes and briefcase behind and is padding about in his socks?

[In order to avoid scuffing the white paper, the crew - the two in casual attire - would doff their shoes before entering the set to rearrange the furniture; the models - those in formal garb - would put on a clean pair only after entering. The briefcase may be a prop. -tterrace]

 
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