JF Ptak Science Books Quick Post
Squidward Tentacles (of Spongebob Squarepants fame) once had a dream of the future--I mean, a dream with the future in it--in which everything in the sea was chrome plated, except of course for the water. His vision (which he liked at first for its shineyness and then hated soon afterwards for it shineyness) of the future may have involved a vision of the past as well as someone else's vision of the future. Anyway it is my mentality that pulls up Spongebob when looking through this fine 1937 pamphlet1 on architectural/design uses of stainless steel, where there was so much shining and shimering matteness constructed using steel and chromium, which comes a little close to Squidward's chrome sea bed. But not really. In any event, these are lovely creations, best served up in glorious black & white.
- The Architectural and Domestic Uses of Stainless Steel, published by the Electro Metallurgical Company, NYC, 1937. 12x9", 47pp, with photo illustrations throughout. Small wire binding, with stiff wrappers. My copy comes from the Library of Congress, where it had been transferred to them via the U.S. Copyright Office. Like most other stuff on this blog, this work is available in the blog's bookstore section.