“Dean of Industrial Design” Honored With Stamp

Walter Dorwin Teague (1883-1960) was one of the giants of 20th century industrial design. Over a long career, he designed several popular art deco cameras for Eastman Kodak,  art deco radios, lamps, and even World’s Fair pavilions.

The Ford Motors Pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair was designed by Teague.
One of Teague's great art deco radioes.

In 1927, Teague opened one of the first industrial design firms in the nation. During the 1930s, his firm developed a streamlined look for Texaco gas stations and, following World War II, he designed jet interiors for Boeing. Teague served on the board of design for the 1939 World’s Fair and designed several popular pavilion exhibits for this and other World’s Fairs. In 1940, he was one of the founders of the American Society of Industrial Designers and served as its first president.

Teague has just been honored with a United States Postal Service stamp. Part of a series of forever stamps dedicated to America’s pioneer designers, his stamp features the 1934 Kodak “Baby Brownie.”

The new stamp that honors Walter Dorwin Teague.
These are the recently-issued forever stamps honoring America's pioneer designers.


Teague’s cremated remains lie in a niche in the Columbarium near Green-Wood’s main gates.

The first day cover featuring Teague, issued earlier this year.
Another great radio designed by Teague.
The Bantam, designed by Teague for Kodak.

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