More City stuff. First, Radio City Music Hall.
I found better renditions of some of this artwork, so I’ve replaced the poorer photocopies with clearer images. Here is a drawing by Hugh Ferriss. “His rendering of the Hoover Dam is dramatic and abstract, in its depiction of the unusual geometry. If an alien race were to build in large, bold, opaque volumes, Ferriss would be able to capture the essence of those strange beings and their works.”
Who remembers Woolworth’s?
Another Ferriss rendering, this time of the Chicago Tribune Tower.
Another another Ferriss piece: The Chanin Building by Sloan&Robertson (1929) is a straightforward skyscraper modeled after the 1922 zoning laws.
OK, there’s one more blog coming about City Reference. Bye!
I found this large promotional pamphlet the other day. It’s 10″ x 14″ and folds open into a 20×28 poster.
More City reference… the stuff that inspired Cape Suzette. (I would live in any one of these sets!)
The coolest corridor EVER.
Terry Gilliam once used it as a background in one of his wacky animations.
I found a better photo of this movie set than the photocopy, so I’m using it instead.
Cityscape from JUST IMAGINE (1930). Photo instead of poor photocopy.
Here’s some City Reference for Cape Suzette – most of it from motion picture stills.
I don’t think we ever used an observatory setting, but we should have.
Love this set.
Reference for Shere Kahn’s office?
A fun scene from Chaplin’s MODERN TIMES.
Hard to make out… but this is a bathroom.
I’ll bet Rebecca would like to live here.
More stuff tomorrow.
All right, here are the last of the props. I really love the style of these reference photos.
One of the reasons I like this time period is because the gadgets were BIG! Today you can blow up the world with the touch of a button, but back in the mid-30’s you had to use giant switches!! Check out the humongous wachamacallit.
Some radios to listen to “Danger Woman” on.
I remember vacuums like these. Indestructible!!!
Some brilliant Cape Suzette gizmos. (Artist unknown.)
That’s it for the props, folks. Next up… CITY REFERENCE!