The Golden Age of Streamlining (Paperback)

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The Golden Age of Streamlining (Paperback)

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Between the two world wars there was a golden era of industrial design when the benefits of streamlining were realized, allowing for reduced wind resistance, faster transportation, and a more efficient economy. The Art Deco-influenced style was also a huge public relations exercise in the glamour-obsessed 1920s and 1930s. Its most obvious manifestations were on the railways, with beautiful streamlined locomotives in daring color schemes on prestigious named expresses, especially in Europe and North America. They included the Fliegender Hamburger diesel train in Germany, the American Mercury trains, and of course Sir Nigel Gresley’s A4 Class, on which the streamlined casing and internal streamlining allowed Mallard to break the world speed record. The idea of streamlining made even more sense in the air, where the great airships were crossing the Atlantic, and aircraft like the Douglas DC3 cut through the air more easily than anything before. Meanwhile, on the world’s roads, buses and cars lost their perpendicular looks and marques like Cord and Bugatti led the way with increasingly aerodynamic, wind-tunnel-tested profiles. Designers like Raymond Loewy, as well as designing streamlined locomotives, began to apply the same style to products for which wind resistance was irrelevant, such as buildings, refrigerators, and even pencil sharpeners. This book intends to tell the story of the streamline era, its designers, its successes and failures, its inspiration, and its legacy.
Colin Alexander has been a railway enthusiast for more than 30 years and volunteered on preserved Deltic locomotives. He was born in Northumberland, and has a life-long passion for local and transport history, sparked by his mother’s copy of The King’s England—Northumberland. Appreciative of the county’s unique place geographically and historically, he has explored most of its once-inhabited hilltops and its medieval castles, and walked the length of its greatest defensive monument—Hadrian’s Wall. He lives in Whitley Bay.
Product Details ISBN: 9781445693347
ISBN-10: 1445693348
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication Date: December 15th, 2021
Pages: 96
Language: English