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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

From the Higgins Archives: Is this Art?

While going through the archive, I found a lot of pictures that had notation attached to them. Some of them listed original publication dates, or the names of the people in the picture. Others had lengthy indexes that directed you to other boxes or files for related source material. This picture (of a Worcester Pressed Steel Airplane Crankshaft, one of their most heavily manufactured goods) had a well-worn half-sheet of paper clipped to it. It read:

"A scientific engineering achievement, a masterpiece of machine design to all who comprehend, expressing efficiency of function and harmony of proportion deeper than surface beauty. Is this art?"

Who knows who wrote this ode to airplane parts, and why.

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