America's very own design style: Streamline

A Listmania! list by Robin Benson
 
American Modern, 1925-1940: Design for a New Age
1.  American Modern, 1925-1940: Design for a New Age by J. Stewart Johnson
The list author says:
  "***** Large photos of streamlined everyday objects, in a beautifully produced book."
Used & New from: $4.79
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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American Streamlined Design: The World of Tomorrow
2.  American Streamlined Design: The World of Tomorrow by David A. Hanks
The list author says:
  "***** Sumptuous production!  Concentrates on commercial and domestic products rather than transport and architecture."
Used & New from: $49.99
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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The Machine Age in America: 1918-1941
3.  The Machine Age in America: 1918-1941 by Richard Guy Wilson
The list author says:
  "***** I think this is the best book covering the style, excellent text and over 400 photos, well designed too."
Used & New from: $12.00
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Depression Modern: The Thirties Style in America
4.  Depression Modern: The Thirties Style in America by Martin Greif
The list author says:
  "***** Mainly a photo book with a good selection of architectural work, especially interiors."
Used & New from: $6.24
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Twentieth Century Limited: Industrial Design In America 1925-1939 (American Civilization)
5.  Twentieth Century Limited: Industrial Design In America 1925-1939 (American Civilization) by Jeffrey Meikle
The list author says:
  "***** Another standard book on the subject, mentioned in most bibliographies."
$38.90   Used & New from: $15.25
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

The Streamline Era
6.  The Streamline Era by Robert Carroll Reed
The list author says:
  "***** Unlike the two books above this one looks mostly at trains with a brief coverage of cars and planes. Very dull design."
$52.48   Used & New from: $29.45
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

The Streamlined Decade
7.  The Streamlined Decade by Donald J. Bush
The list author says:
  "***** Concentrates on transport."
Used & New from: $0.01

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Future Perfect: Vintage Futuristic Graphics (Icons Series)
8.  Future Perfect: Vintage Futuristic Graphics (Icons Series) by Jim Heimann
The list author says:
  "***** Brilliant little paperback, full of streamline graphics from the 30s, 40s and 50s.  All in color too, no text."
Used & New from: $32.00
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Decorative Arts 1930s & 1940s: A Source Book
9.  Decorative Arts 1930s & 1940s: A Source Book by Peter Fiell
The list author says:
  "***** A quite stunning survey of architecture and the decorative arts, very comprehensive (so plenty of European creativity)."
Used & New from: $47.90
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Streamline: American Art Deco
10.  Streamline: American Art Deco by Steven Heller
The list author says:
  "***** Beautifully produced paperback covering printed material, includes a lot of Art Deco as well."
Used & New from: $22.45
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Streamlined pb*OP*
11.  Streamlined pb*OP* by Claude Lichtenstein
The list author says:
  "**** The European perspective, a very well researched photo book."
Used & New from: $15.00
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Streamline: Art and Design of the Forties (Design Resource Series)
12.  Streamline: Art and Design of the Forties (Design Resource Series) by Marc Arceneaux
The list author says:
  "*** Probably the only school book about the subject,  illustrations and captions."
Used & New from: $5.14

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Great Inventions, Good Intentions: An Illustrated History of American Design Patents
13.  Great Inventions, Good Intentions: An Illustrated History of American Design Patents by Jana Martin
The list author says:
  "*** An unusual book of patent illustrations, hundreds of everyday items, plus transport and architecture."
Used & New from: $0.03

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Classic Modern Homes of the Thirties: 64 Designs by Neutra, Gropius, Breuer, Stone and Others (Dover Architecture)
14.  Classic Modern Homes of the Thirties: 64 Designs by Neutra, Gropius, Breuer, Stone and Others (Dover Architecture) by James Ford
The list author says:
  "***** A reprint of a 1940 book with sixty-four house designs (includes plans) shown as photos and captions.  A brilliant book if you are interested in moderne domestic homes."
Used & New from: $9.75
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Modernism in American Silver: 20th-Century Design
15.  Modernism in American Silver: 20th-Century Design by Jewel Stern
The list author says:
  "***** A gorgeous book of silver, not all streamline (it goes right up to 2000) but you can see the influence in later pieces."
$67.50   Used & New from: $9.29
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Brightwork: Classic American Car Ornamentation
16.  Brightwork: Classic American Car Ornamentation by Ken Steacy
The list author says:
  "***** A stunning collection of all those little bits of chrome Detroit stuck on its cars.  Some wonderful streamline goodies (in color) in a neatly designed book."
Used & New from: $39.91
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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American Art Deco: An Illustrated Survey
17.  American Art Deco: An Illustrated Survey by R. L. Leonard
The list author says:
  "**** Although it has Art Deco in the title this reprint of a 1931 book has plenty of photos showing the move towards Streamline, especially  architecture, interiors and household products.  It's unfortunate that the images have been copied from pages in the original book so everything looks rather grey."
$15.45   Used & New from: $5.68
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future
18.  Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future by Joseph J. Corn
The list author says:
  "***** Plenty of graphics about how US design folk saw the future, a large part of the book covers streamline images of everday life."
$28.76   Used & New from: $15.00
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Kesling Modern Structures: Popularizing Modern Design in Southern California 1934-1962
19.  Kesling Modern Structures: Popularizing Modern Design in Southern California 1934-1962 by Patrick Pascal
The list author says:
  "**** A fascinating paperback about a small-time LA builder who spotted the market for streamline houses during the 30s and 40s.  Plenty of black and white photos of his houses."
$21.33   Used & New from: $7.99
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Popcorn Palaces: The Art Deco Movie Theater Paintings of Davis Cone
20.  Popcorn Palaces: The Art Deco Movie Theater Paintings of Davis Cone by Michael D. Kinerk
The list author says:
  "***** Page after page of brilliant streamline movie palaces in Photorealism paintings (or are they photos?)."
Used & New from: $14.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Greyhound in Postcards: Buses, Depots, and Post Houses
21.  Greyhound in Postcards: Buses, Depots, and Post Houses by John Dockendorf
The list author says:
  "***** Basically a book for bus fans but it does include eighty-seven postcards of those wonderful streamline depots Greyhound built across the Nation in troubled times.  An art form on Main Street!"
$13.48   Used & New from: $8.21
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

The Streamline Era Greyhound Terminals: The Architecture of W.S. Arrasmith
22.  The Streamline Era Greyhound Terminals: The Architecture of W.S. Arrasmith by Frank E. Wrenick
The list author says:
  "An interesting  survey of the man who was responsible for those great Greyhound terminals.  Half the book deals with the life of Arrasmith and the rest is devoted to terminal design and twenty-eight in particular with photos and some plans.  It is unfortunate that the book is really text oriented and the various images are rather grey and the book’s design is very conservative."
Used & New from: $124.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Yesterday's Houses of Tomorrow: Innovative American Homes 1850 to 1950
23.  Yesterday's Houses of Tomorrow: Innovative American Homes 1850 to 1950 by H. Ward Jandl
The list author says:
  "***** This has some interesting coverage of streamline homes, Lustron, K2H40, Usonian, Motohome etc."
Used & New from: $4.85

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Los Angeles in the Thirties
24.  Los Angeles in the Thirties by David Gebhard
The list author says:
  "**** A comprehensive and well researched look at housing and commercial buildings, originally issued in 1975."
Used & New from: $51.63
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Livable Modernism: Interior Decorating and Design During the Great Depression (Yale University Art Gallery S)
25.  Livable Modernism: Interior Decorating and Design During the Great Depression (Yale University Art Gallery S) by Kristina Wilson
The list author says:
  "**** Interesting overview of home interiors in the Depression.  Slightly annoying trendy page design put me off a bit but it has a lot of fascinating photos and graphics and Ms Wilson knows her subject."
$39.88   Used & New from: $17.99
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

American Streamline: A Handbook of Neon Advertising Design
26.  American Streamline: A Handbook of Neon Advertising Design by Philip Di Lemme
The list author says:
  "*** Surely the only book that covers streamline neon signs, full of drawings by the sign makers."
Used & New from: $43.98

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The Art of the Streamliner
27.  The Art of the Streamliner by Joe Welsh
The list author says:
  "***** Plenty of great photos and graphic material in this bargain price book"
Used & New from: $14.99
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Classic American Streamliners
28.  Classic American Streamliners by Mike Schafer
The list author says:
  "**** Plenty of photos and graphic material of the great streamliners"
Used & New from: $5.11
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Last updated: 2/14/11
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