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Maurice Goldberg (b. Russia, 1881-1949)
Clay model of Graham-Paige convertible
Ca. 1928
Gelatin silver print

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Norman Bel Geddes Database

Job 161, Graham-Paige Motor Company, 1928-1946

Summary: Founded in 1927 by brothers Joseph B. and Ray A. Graham, Graham-Paige manufactured automobiles until 1940. Bel Geddees designed a series of motor cars for the company, numbered simply one through five, that was increasingly influenced by advances in streamlining developed by a leading aviation designer, Glen Curtiss, whose work was highlighted by Geddes in Horizons (job 237).

Even though none of his designs were implemented, in part because of the stock market crash, Geddes viewed the work he did for Graham-Paige as his first industrial design commission.


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Box/Location Folder Description
box 9 161.1 Banquet --- Memos, telephone transcripts, client correspondence 12Dec1927-23Jul1928.
box 9 161.2 Banquet --- Agreements 29 & 31Dec1927. Specifications, schedules, contractors' bids, samples Jan-Feb1928.
flat file 161.1 Banquet --- Specifications.
box 9 161.3 Banquet --- 8 Sketches.
flat file 161.2 Banquet --- 1 Sketch.
damaged flat files, drawer 1 161.1 Banquet --- 2 Drawings Banquet Hall.
box 9 161.4 Automobile Design --- Meeting minutes Mar-Nov1929.
box 9 161.5 Automobile Design --- Correspondence Jun1928-Nov1932.
box 9 161.6 Automobile Design --- Cost estimates 1928.
box 9 161.7 Automobile Design --- Agreements, contracts, legal correspondence 21May1929-Jan1931.
box 9 161.8 Personal correspondence (death of Ray Graham) 1928.
box 9 161.9 Design of Interiors --- Contract 22Apr1933 and cover letter for radiator ornament contract 30Aug1933.
box 9 161.10 Design of Interiors --- Correspondence Jan-Aug1933.
box 9 161.11 Photograph captions Motor Car #7 ca.1932.
photo box 3 161.1 18 Photographs of model, of radiator ornament (with captions), of existing automobile.
box 9 161.12 Photograph Record Book --- Interior captions.
photo box 3 161.2 17 Photographs of interiors.
negative box 1 161.1a 12 Negatives of models, of existing auto, of Horizons copy.
negative box 41 161.1b 12 Negatives (continued).
negative box 42 161.1c 12 Negatives (continued). [nitrate]
negative box 2 161.2 8 Negatives of interiors (all damaged).
box 9 161.13 Radiator ornament photograph record sheet.
negative box 2 161.3 3 Negatives of radiator ornament.
box 9 161.14 Publicity --- Correspondence, copy of article 1928-1929.
box 9 161.15 Publicity --- Memo, clippings 1928.
photo box 3 161.3 Publicity --- 10 photographs 1929.
box 9 161.16 Clippings 1927-1937.
box 9 161.17 Material for Case History --- Drafts, outlines 1945-1946. "Automobile of the Future" 1942.
photo box 3 161.4 1 Photograph "1894 Design".

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