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W. David Shaw

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Throwback that I am [1], I find myself increasingly drawn to mid-century art and design. I particularly love this illustration of San Francisco by W. David Shaw, from the mid 1950s, which beautifully captures the color and bustle of the city. Check out the full-size magazine spread here, as well as a biographic piece on Shaw at Today's Inspiration.

[1] No, I haven't seen Mad Men yet, though I've been meaning to. I strongly suspect that the show might suddenly inspire in me an overwhelming passion for Manhattans, Brylcreem and boat-sized automobiles with tailfins.

November 23, 2008 in Art | Permalink

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We finally watched the first two episodes of Mad Men last night. Aside from a bit too many reminders that it's 1960, which I've been told will lessen in coming episodes, it was great fun. As a cocktail fan who also who likes to overdress and wishes all men all the time wore suits, I found it a sheer joy just to look at.

And I'm with you on that period of design and illustration. Today's Inspiration is a constant source of wonder for fans of that era's work.

Posted by: Levi Stahl at Nov 23, 2008 8:43:05 AM

I cannot picture boat-sized automobiles without also picturing a certain grandfather backing one into the Fugiels' convertible :)

Posted by: beth at Nov 25, 2008 9:03:42 PM

Ha! I had forgotten about that. However, unfortunately that automobile didn't have tailfins - if it had, I wouldn't have ever let my dad get rid of it. Then again, I'm not sure what I would have done with that car. I only drove it once, and was almost terrified that I'd run over something. I've never driven so cautiously in my entire life.

Posted by: Pete at Nov 27, 2008 6:59:56 AM