The postwar years saw the greatest increase in personal wealth for certain classes in America. The commercial class bought and the manufacturing class made whatever they wanted. Meanwhile, the industrial display class produced dioramas and point-of-purchase displays designed to draw these frenzied consumers into the stores and showrooms. Gardner Displays of Pittsburgh, Pa., published this snazzy catalog to show what they were able to do—hypnotizing through design.
The print series is now on display at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery. Pop art just hasn’t been the same since the Industrial Revolution, as evident in Cornelius’ meticulous detail. Every one of these prints is crammed with detail. Loved these catalog pages!