Probably the most widely known US industrial designer. Born in Paris, and as a 15-year old boy, designed a rubber-band powered model airplane, the Ayrel, patented it, and formed a company to produce quantities in rented space. He studied engineering 1910-1914.
Richard Latham was born in Kansas City, and studied engineering at Kansas City Engineering School. He studied design at Armour Institute (now Illinois Instutute of Technology) under Mies van der Rohe from 1940 to 1942. Latham started as a designer with Montgomery Ward in 1942 and after military service in WW II, joined Raymond Loewy's Chicago office in 1945.
A US inventor, industrial designer and cartoonist, Tom Lamb was born in New York City. He studied at the Art Students League and New York University while working for a textile studio and served in the US Navy in WW I.
In the 1920s, Lamb wrote and illustrated children's books and had a monthly page in Good Housekeeping magazine called "Kiddyland Movies," which spawned a line of children's products.
RCA introduced America's first consumer television receiver sets at the New York World's Fair in 1939. Picture tubes ranged in size from 5" to 12" and faced upward on top of the cabinet with a tilting mirror to view the picture horizontally. The illustration shown is a 12" Model TRK. All were designed by John Vassos, who established the first internal design department at RCA in 1933, and remained as a consultant until 1964.
In 1938, the Pennsylvania Railroad introduced the world's largest steam locomotive, the S-1 and distinctive round-ended observation cars for its Broadway Limited. They were designed by Raymond Loewy in collaboration with Paul Philippe Cret, head of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.
Lurelle Van Arsdale Guild was born in Syracuse, NY in 1898. He attended Syracuse University where he studied painting, as well as some freelance designing. After graduation he and his wife relocated to New York City. He was a student of 17th and 18th century design and crafting methods. Using his training in art and mechanical drawing, Guild worked in art industries, namely home furnishings and decorative arts.