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Artist: Unknown, Presumed Roy Parker


Flat, stylish, and dynamic, the streamlined Art Deco aesthetic in Lightning would have been at home a full ten years earlier. Though still in vogue into the 1940’s, by 1947 the movement had been popular for at least 20 years and was not as groundbreaking as it once was. Regardless, Lightning is an eye-catching piece of futurist design.

The rocket ship evokes the design in the Flash Gordon serials of the 1930’s, while the skyline calls to mind Metropolis and pulp science fiction illustration. Bright primary colors set off the foreground from the night sky, with the electricity motif reinforcing a modern sense of illuminated cities harnessing the power of the future.

- Chris Rummell

Donated by: Gordon A. Hasse Jr.

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