Sunday, November 30, 2008

a memorial for the great depression:

Patriot Radio 1939:
During the roaring twenties, the New York Stock Exchange was the largest stock market in the world. However, in October 1929, NYSE had undergone the Great Wall Street Crash, which was the most devastating stock market crash in the history of the United States, resulting in a depression.
Trying to keep our nation’s outlook o
n the United States optimistic during the rough years of the Great Depression, Norman Bel Geddes designed the Patriot Radio in 1939. His intent for the radio was to be an emblem of American technology, industry, and identity. Geddes encased the patriot radio with a stars-and-stripes motif, in hopes to bolster people’s spirits.
So with that, where else would the patriot radio fit so perfectly other than on Wall Street in New York City, righ
t inside the Stock Exchange building. After all, this would be right in the center of where everything happened in the 20’s, and rightfully, would have the most meaning at this location.

Similar place: The Patriot Radio could easily be placed at our nations capitol, Washington D.C. in any of the memorial buildings. The radio’s patriotic motif would fit perfectly at any of these locations. With the purpose of the radio being optimism for our country and it’s future. It can almost be seen as a memorial itself in a sense, used to remember the hard time during the Great Depression.

Contrasting place: The Patriot Radio really should not be placed in any non-industrialized country. The stock market crash of 1929 mainly affected the industrialized states, hence the little importance it would have anywhere else.


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