Author Archives: Randy Juster

The Art Deco Mermaids of Shaker Square

At last year’s World Congress on Art Deco, in Cleveland, I got to finish something that had bothered me for years. Decades, actually. In the 1980s, I went to Cleveland to photograph a variety of things for a book and … Read More

Decopix Art Deco Patent Of The Week-Vacuum Cleaner by Brooks Stevens

Hugely influential yet comparatively unknown, midwesterner Brooks Stevens (1911-1995) was among the most influential industrial designers. Like Henry Dreyfuss, Brooks Stevens was known for being both artistic and pragmatic, and this brought him considerable success. Those of us who grew … Read More

Art Deco Separted At Birth #18-Towers

I’ve puzzled why the Waldorf Towers in Miami Beach has just one tower. But this makes it ideal for this separated at birth, with the old fire station in West Sacramento, Califrornia. The fire station also has just one tower, … Read More

Decopix Art Deco Patent Of The Week-Prohibition Lamp

Our previous Art Deco Patent of the Week was both of the Depression and somewhat depressing, itself. But there could be gaiety, even during hard times as can be seen in Abraham Levy’s lamp from 1934.

Art Deco Separated At Birth #17-A Terracotta Trio

In the 1920s, you could order an entire house from a Sears catalog. No Art Deco homes unfortunately. But suppliers of terracotta produced books of ornaments and trim, including Art Deco, that architects could order, presumably without knowing another architect … Read More

The Art Deco Speakeasy Mystery

Funny how memory plays tricks. In the late 1970s, I stopped by San Francisco’s Egyptian Theater for some shots of the box office and lobby. The Egyptian details appeared to be painted on–not a suprise when I found out the … Read More

Art Deco Separated At Birth #16-“V” Motif Mailboxes

Each of these early Art Deco mailboxes shares a common thread–a V design motif. The earliest Deco mailbox in the USA, almost Art Nouveau in style, from the Barclay-Vesey Building (begun 1923.) Look closely and you’ll see a “V”: The … Read More

Art Deco Detroit Part Five-Deco Around Town

There’s more to Detroit’s Art Deco than skyscapers. A lot more. Read More