Art Deco Mailboxes: An Illustrated Design History Reading & Lecture--SOLD OUT

  • January 14, 2015
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • ICON Building, 1616 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Join us for an evening with Karen Greene, author of the beautifully photographed "Art Deco Mailboxes: An Illustrated Design History." You’ll hang out in the recently renovated ICON building at 1616 Walnut (whose 1929 lobby appears in the book) and enjoy a reading and slideshow presentation. Come learn about James Cutler’s “letter-box connection” system and how a timeless art style helped the Post Office--then get ready to embark on a short tour of ICON’s design highlights!

Karen’s affection for glamor, playfulness, and creativity comes to life in her photos. To create this book, she ventured to New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and beyond. “I love the designs of old buildings,” she says, “and what they say about the builders, the people who work in them, the social context of their construction. I love how the design vocabulary comes into play--just because.”

“[A] fine-looking small volume that shows one box after another with polished brass and intricate casting. . . . The gallery of photos here is a showcase for Deco design, and is a delightful documentation of a form of corporate folk art that blossomed and is now no more.” – The Dispatch

A clinical psychologist by trade, Karen’s been smitten with photography since her first Brownie camera. But why mailboxes, you might ask? Karen has long been drawn to their vibrant history, a marriage of fashion and function. After all, mailboxes were once as essential to any major hotel, office, or residential building as the front door. “I’ve always had a warm spot for things from Rochester,” she explains, “and the Rochester name is certainly prominent on Cutler boxes!” In a lucky coincidence, Cutler was a trustee of the University of Rochester, Karen’s alma mater, providing her with just the right documents.

This event is free and open to the public. Reserve your space today–seating is limited! Light refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 PM; event starts at 7:00 PM

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