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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
On This Day, May 26th, in 1972: Mott the Hoople, on the verge of splitting up, was offered two new songs by DavidBowie, “Suffragette City” and “All the Young Dudes.” They would record “All the Young Dudes,” which became their commercial breakthrough. This awesome song is at the top of the list of my very favorite songs ever in the Universe of all time, as follows:
“All The Young Dudes”
“Shake Some Action” by The Flamin’ Groovies
“I’m Not In Love” by 10 CC
“Rock & Roll Hootchie Koo” by Rick Derringer
“No More Mr. Nice Guy” by Alice Cooper (original band)
As a side note, today is also the birthday of Verden Allen, keyboardist for Mott the Hoople, who was born in 1944. Happy Birthday, Verden!
Sly Stone — the man, the legend — was born on this day, March 15th, in 1944. “Stand” is my favorite Sly Stone song. In fact, I dare you to name a better song than this one. I don’t think it can be done. Happy Birthday Sly, we love your awesome music!