devoid of brightness or appeal
1971 advert for Babcock & Wilcox.
Advert for gauges, highlighting their readability and display clarity.
Designed to be a two page piece, the image of the panel is close to the actual size of the real device. This is sadly very hard to appreciate as a digital image.
The Socialist Workers Party Trial - 1941
The word “socialism” crops up frequently in political speech these days, usually used to describe opponents who are about as socialist as Warren Buffet. But the Socialist Party was actually once a real political force in the United States, particularly so in Minneapolis. Socialist candidates routinely ran for and were elected to city offices, including mayor (Thomas Van Lear, 1917-19).
One flavor of socialism was the Socialist Workers Party, formed in 1937 by Trotskyists who left the mainstream Socialist Party. The SWP further splintered in 1940 and was mainly centered in Minneapolis under the leadership of James P. Cannon. The SWP was a small organization with only a couple thousand members, but did have control over Teamsters Local 544.
In response to fears of labor disruption in the defense industry, Congress passed the Alien Registration Act of 1940 (the so-called “Smith Act”) which, among other things, criminalized advocating the overthrow of the government. Under the Smith Act, FBI agents raided the SWP’s headquarters at 919 Marquette on June 27, 1941. A grand jury later indicted 29 individuals, all members of the SWP and/or Teamsters 544.
The trial began in October and ran for several weeks. After long deliberation, the jury found 18 defendants guilty. After several appeals, the 18 began serving 12 and 16 month sentences in Sandstone prison in 1943. Despite this, the “threat” of the SWP was largely dismissed as a “nestful of mice.” The Attorney General who prosecuted the case later expressed regret of having done so, and the Smith Act was ultimately found to be unconstitutional. The SWP continued to operate and exists to this day, but what influence it had in Minneapolis largely vanished after the trial.
The Minneapolis Collection at the Hennepin County Library’s Special Collections Dept. hold dozens of contemporary clippings, publications and original photographs of the trial and the defendants.
Casa Echeverría, calle del Agua 350, Jardines del Pedregal, México DF 1955
Arq. Francisco Artigas
Foto. Roberto y Fernando Luna
Gerrit Rietveld, Garage with Chauffeur’s Apartment, (1927-28)
Constructed out of an iron framework filled with masonry and covered with concrete slabs, the building was an experimental prototype for the increasing industrialization of housing. the slabs are adorned with a pattern of white dots on a black background made with enamel paint.
The lower image is the presentation sheet of the elevations, ground plan and details of the garage and apartment.
Meet the long-forgotten women who programmed the first all-electric computer.
Sympathizers of the Spanish revolutionary government held a mass demonstration in London’s Trafalgar Sq, to lobby the British government into taking action in support of the Republicans. 1936.