Contempo: This American Tempo

By: Vassos, Ruth & John

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Early printing, following the limited edition of 166 copies. Boards a bit rubbed, binding tight, pages clean and bright. 1929 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. [96 pp.] Tall 8vo. Blue cloth, black titles and decorations. At least three binding variants exist (silver with black titles, navy blue with white titles, and this version). Both a celebration and a critique of American culture in the 1920s, presented as a series of vignettes focusing on various aspects of business and society, each paired an illustration by John Vassos in the Art Deco style. Vassos was an influential figure in industrial design, and was responsible for a great deal of the products designed for the radio industry, though his most important design is probably the Perey turnstile, which is still a standard in mass transit. Before this, though, Vassos gained prominence through his book illustrations. Contempo was the first to gain attention, but he was also known for illustrating several works by Oscar Wilde, and his works Phobia and Ultimo both mixed artwork with social commentary. Topics include: electricity; advertising; skyscrapers; the subway; prohibition; the Jew; traffic; radio; the department store; psychologia; the market; the market; commercialism; air conquest; the beach; sports; the movies; Washington; the tabloids; religion; suburbia; science; and modern art.

Title: Contempo: This American Tempo

Author: Vassos, Ruth & John

Illustrator: Vassos, John

Categories: Americana, Anthropology, Fine Art & Artists, 20th Century, Sociology,

Edition: Reprint

Publisher: E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc.: 1929

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Seller ID: 2279560

Keywords: ART DECO ILLUSTRATION AMERICAN CULTURE AMERICA 1920S SOCIETY,