Los Angeles in the Thirties: 1931-1941. California, David Gebhard, Harriette von Breton.

Los Angeles in the Thirties: 1931-1941.

Los Angeles, CA: Hennessey & Ingalls, Inc., 1989. Second edition, revised and enlarged. Cloth over Boards. Quarto, pp. 185, indexed, illustrated with 225 b/w photographs. Very Good in Very Good DJ. Item #20279

Speed, mobility, freedom: these governed the aesthetics of the "city of the future" as it spread its arterials across the Southern California landscape. If ever a city and a decade seemed meant for each other, it was Los Angeles and the streamlined '30s. The gloom of the Depression did little to curb the dynamism of this optimistic, greedy, sprawling metropolis. The Hollywood dream machine mirrored the aspirations of millions of Americans - a single-family home and yard, the independence of a private car on uncluttered streets, and the latest household conveniences. And L.A.'s built environment reflected the dreams, realizing in fact what the film sets offered in fantasy, with imagery ranging from up-to-date recreations of popular period styles to the stripped-classic monumentality of public buildings, and on toward the future in the sleek Moderne of curved corners, fluidly bent neon and metal tubing, and sculpted surfaces of stucco and glass brick. The book focuses on the types of architectural imagery used in commercial, public, and residential buildings.

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