Tag Archive | 1944

Eye On Design: Inflatable Chair By William H. Miller Jr.

Inflatable Chair
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Composed of Vinylite and manufactured by a chemical company (Gallowhur Chemical Corp. of Windsor, VT) this Inflatable Chair (1944) typifies the application of innovative materials and production techniques — heightened during wartime — to domestic products. Designer William H. Miller was an employee of Gallowhur Chemical.

Inflatable Chair

During World War II, Miller collaborated with a cousin of Franklin D. Roosevelt to design a pocket-sized water-desalination device that became standard equipment for Army and Navy Fliers.

Photographed as Part of the Exhibit The Value of Good Design, On View Through June 15th, 2019 at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Inflatable Chair Installation View
Installation View

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Jimmy Page is 70!

Jimmy Page Double Neck
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Led Zeppelin Guitarist Jimmy Page celebrates Seventy (70, Wow!) years on the planet today, January 9th, having been born in the year 1944. Happy Birthday Jimmy, You Are the Best!

Emerson Lake & Palmer: "Karn Evil 9"

Keyboard wizard and all-around musical genius Keith Emerson celebrates his Birthday today, having been born on November 2nd, 1944. This video is so much fun! What a great fucking song, and look how thin Greg Lake was! The 70s were Awesome. Happy Birthday, Keith!

Happy Birthday, Keith Emerson!

Keith Emerson
Emerson With One of His ‘70s-era Moog Synthesizers

Keith Emerson, keyboardist for prog-rock legends, Emerson, Lake & Palmer was born on this day, November 2nd in 1944! Brain Salad Surgery is still one of my favorite albums of all time! Happy Birthday Keith!

Happy Birthday to John Entwistle, John Lennon, and Others!!

John Entwistle Skelteon
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John “The Ox” Entwistle, bassist for The Who and astounding musical genius, was born on this today, October 9th, in 1944. Of course, Entwistle is not the only massively-famous-but-dead rock star posthumously celebrating a birthday today. John Lennon (born in 1940) would have celebrated a birthday on today’s date had he not been assassinated by the psychotic Mark David Chapman in 1980. John Lennon’s son Sean also turns another year older today (Born 1975), and Al Jorgensen of Ministry (Born 1958) and a zillion other projects has lived for another year as today. Happy Birthday guys!