Da Vinci's Driveway: Automotive Concept Art, 1915 - 1980
If Leonardo da Vinci had lived through the 20th century, much of his design work would have certainly entailed automobiles. The car was, without a doubt, one of the most life-changing inventions of the new, modern society that came about during the era. And yet, throughout much of that century, dozens of artist labored in anonymity in Renaissance-style studio settings, creating drawings that transformed these machines into cultural works of art.
DaVinci’s Driveway, the first comprehensive book on the artistry of the American automobile stylist, assembles hundreds of the most beautiful design sketches and renderings of generations past. More than just a pretty picture book, it informs readers not only of the many cultural inspirations for those car designers’ work, but also provides a basis for understanding the many shapes that made up the automotive canvas.
The GG1 Revealed: The Complete History of the Iconic Locomotive's Development
After 80 years, what more can be said about the Pennsylvania Railroad’s iconic GG1 locomotive? Surprisingly plenty!
A masterpiece of 1930s streamlining, the GG1 locomotive’s history as it has developed over the passing decades has focused primarily on its impressive power, longevity of service, and its important role in the electrification of the Northeast Corridor. Yet, missing from its history is the behind-the-scenes story of the many twists and turns that encompassed its masterful development.
The GG1 Revealed, the first comprehensive look at the locomotive’s engineering and aesthetic design evolution, covers the time from its conception until the first production units began rolling down the tracks. The resulting story challenges many long-held beliefs about the locomotive’s history—especially in regards to the contribution of world famous industrial designer Raymond Loewy—as well as provides greater understanding of the role of those who contributed to its success.