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BATTLESHIP

Of all US Battleships to have faced the tested trials of war, the USS NY BB-34 stands out amongst a very rare breed of a proven and distinguished class of early 20th century achievements. Nicknamed “The Old Lady of the Sea” she was laid down in Brooklyn, NY on September 11th, 1911 and commissioned on the 15th of May 1914. She had a standard displacement of 27,000 metric tons and was powered by 14 Babcock and Wilcox boilers, driving two dual acting triple expansion-reciprocating steam engines. This top-notch piece of American military might went on to fight and succeed in both WWI and WWII. During WWII, she was an accomplished training and combat ship both on the eastern and western fronts. Seeing action during Operation Torch and in providing support for the invasion of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, the US NY BB-34 earned 3 battle stars for her wartime commitments. In 1946, the same year of decommission, she was chosen to take part in (and survived) the US nuclear tests, Operation Crossroads, in the Bikini Atoll. After being deemed too radioactive for scraping, she was towed out to sea off the coast of Hawaii and sunk during US Naval target practice in 1948. An amazing ship, full of profound feat and glory.

All 18” x 24” letterpressed poster prints are limited editions of 25 and are individually hand numbered and signed.

 

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

When talking about 20th century innovations, the engine certainly has influenced the way in which we live and communicate, as well as the way relationships develop. When the internal combustion engine was introduced, it helped resolve many issues leading to an industry that came to symbolize American and International innovation and manufacturing. Shown here is a V twin style air-cooled engine that was mainly used in early motorcycle production, and later evolved into more elaborate water-cooled systems. These gas-powered and gear driven engines surpassed the previous canons of transportation and represent a new era of performance and opportunity.

All 18” x 24” letterpressed poster prints are limited editions of 25 and are individually hand numbered and signed.

 

ZEPPELIN

The age of flight—or at least the beginning of what it became. The Hindenburg Zeppelin fascinated the world with the enormity of its sheer size, potential and the realization of commercial flight. It was the largest air-ship in its class and served commercially for transatlantic travel. Hydrogen gas was used to lift the Zeppelin, but the propulsion was generated by 4,16-cylinder Daimler Benz DB 602 diesel engines reaching a max speed of 85 mph. The Hindenburg was stylish in its interior furnishings and even included smoking lounges, mess halls, bathrooms, cabins and a restaurant. The air-ship dazzled not only its passengers, but also the media and general public. It soon came to symbolize German achievement in engineering and design. Notoriously, a tragic accident in Lakehurst, NJ on May 6, 1937 caused the Hindenburg to explode into flames killing 35 of its 97 passengers and crew. Much controversy and conspiracy theories have existed since; blame encompasses everything from sabotage to engine failure to St. Elmo’s fire. The initial cause of the crash is still in debate.

All 18” x 24” letterpressed poster prints are limited editions of 25 and are individually hand numbered and signed.

 

ZEPPELIN RINGS

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These come as a set of 3, 5” x 7” unframed letterpress prints.

 

TUNING PEG

Inspired by one of the first electric guitars, this drawing details one of the most influential element of this instrument. At the time of its introduction in 1935, the E-150 guitar was originally wrapped in aluminum.  Later, this was changed to wood due to aluminum's inherent material properties that caused too much expansion and contraction to maintain consistent tuning and stability. However, taking a closer look at the tuning peg, this small yet incredibly important design element allows the player to achieve the exactness and precision of sound through a simple gear driven mechanism. The response of the fingers to the trained ear and imagination is transferred to this perceivably underrated device. Mainly used by jazz musicians and big bands at the time, the electric guitar went on to serve as the primary innovative tool for blues and rock and roll music.

These come as a set of 3, 5” x 7” unframed letterpress prints.

 

4 - CYLINDER ENGINE

This drawing was inspired by the Ford Model A, which was the first car to be mass-produced after the success of the Model-T. It offered more conventional practices in automobile design and provided options in colors, styles and features not previously available. The 4-cylinder engine offered a top speed of 65 mph and a 3-speed transmission. It was also the first Ford to offer more conventional mechanics such as gearshift, clutch and brake pedals—even safety glass! Almost 5 million of these cars were produced in Dearborn, MI between 1927-31.

These come as a set of 2, 5” x 7” unframed letterpress prints.

 

TORPEDO

The battle for the Atlantic during WWII was an epic struggle of technology mixed with luck and misfortune. The German U-Boats successfully hindered the Allies’ supply routes in the early stages of the war through its use of stealth and torpedo effectiveness. The Allies responded with equal measure, both on the Atlantic and Pacific fronts, and the torpedo became a highly utilized US Navy weapon on most destroyers. Like many weapons, the torpedo was unique in its success vs. failure rate. This can be seen primarily in the trials of the Mark-14 torpedo during WWII. The element of surprise may be the torpedo’s strongest asset, striking many times unexpectedly, without sight or sound. Being a self-propelled underwater weapon, the torpedo’s propulsion design ranged in many forms, from battery driven to compressed air, to flywheel driven. The torpedo also allowed many larger and heavily armored ships to be sunk without the use of heavy arsenal by the aggressor. When effective, it was an extremely detrimental weapon.

These come as a set of 3, 5” x 7” unframed letterpress prints.

 

5”, 25 CALIBER AA GUN

This 5” AA gun was used mainly on US Navy ships in the 1930s and 1940s and was installed on many, including the USS Brooklyn CL-40. This gun was trained manually, meaning it took at least two men, a Trainer and Pointer, to rotate and elevate the gun’s barrel into firing position. At 2 tons, it was considered a lightweight and effective gun and was the preferred anti-aircraft gun until the 38 caliber AA replaced it.

These come as a set of 2, 5” x 7” unframed letterpress prints.

 

TRIPLANE

This triplane was inspired by the Sopwith Triplane, which was used mainly in the WWI by the Royal Naval Air Service. Most of these single-seat planes featured a 130 hp air-cooled Clerget rotary engine and of course, its iconic three wings. As a very agile and effective plane, it soon became a highly successful combat weapon, noted for remarkable climb rate. After a short stint of service, it was withdrawn and replaced by the Sopwith Camels in 1917. Less than 200 Sopwith Triplanes were ever made, though it came to inspire future innovations in flight design and served as a trainer plane after being removed from active service.

These come as a set of 3, 5” x 7” unframed letterpress prints.

 

RACER

Much like a sculptor or artisan, the relationship a bicycle craftsman has with their project represents an all-encompassing, fully integrated marriage of form and function. The 1940s racer-style bicycles handmade by the famed French constructeur, Rene Herse, is what inspired these drawings. These bicycles have become prized collector items over the years, and these drawings allow us to isolate and focus on the particular gear-driven and actuated elements of these wonderful machines.

These come as a set of 4, 5” x 7” unframed letterpress prints.