Jump to content


Photo
- - - - -

1920s view of the future


  • Please log in to reply
9 replies to this topic

#1 fwpcman

fwpcman

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 174 posts
  • Location:Grand Prairie
  • Interests:Photography, Postcard Collecting, Fort Worth History

Posted 26 February 2006 - 08:37 PM

Here is a painting from the late 1920s depicting what the artist invisioned the future Fort Worth skyline would look like in the future. This was taken from a 1929 publication from the Fort Worth Association of Commerce (forerunner of the Chamber of Commerce). What do you think?
IPB Image

#2 johnlp

johnlp

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 139 posts

Posted 26 February 2006 - 09:03 PM

How interesting! It looks like Landmark Tower and the MA to the lsft! eek.gif

John

#3 DrkLts

DrkLts

    Skyscraper Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,092 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:S. Fort Worth

Posted 27 February 2006 - 12:50 AM

Almost accurate somewhat of a prediction! D.R. Horton and Wells Fargo towers under the airplane, and the really tall towering Block TU Tower next to it. Is this a sign of something foreseen??? wink.gif

#4 johnlp

johnlp

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 139 posts

Posted 27 February 2006 - 07:39 AM

QUOTE(DrkLts @ Feb 27 2006, 12:50 AM) View Post

.. Is this a sign of something foreseen??? wink.gif


YAY! Airships are comming back! tongue.gif

Seriously, the Landmark tower is just too creepy! You think they built the buildings to come based off this painting? blink.gif

#5 AndyN

AndyN

    Skyscraper Member

  • Moderators
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,944 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Midland, Tx. for now

Posted 27 February 2006 - 02:45 PM

Well, the artist isn't that great of a soothsayer since the smokestacks are gone. :-)

Nice find, though.
Www.fortwortharchitecture.com

#6 Willy1

Willy1

    Elite Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 552 posts
  • Location:Fort Worth, TX

Posted 27 February 2006 - 03:41 PM

What's really wild is that the picture really represents DT FW today. The two towers under the plane are the Bass Towers, the one next to them is THE Tower, the shorter one next to that is the Landmark, then one more over could represent the Carter Burgess Bldg, and then the tower on the far right reps Burnett....

Too bad the artist isn't still around to see if they're going to build the 900 footer. LOL

#7 DrkLts

DrkLts

    Skyscraper Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,092 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:S. Fort Worth

Posted 27 February 2006 - 04:51 PM

QUOTE(AndyN @ Feb 27 2006, 02:45 PM) View Post

Well, the artist isn't that great of a soothsayer since the smokestacks are gone. :-)

Nice find, though.


Hmm, so are those smokestacks or a really tall skyscraper to the far left of the picture? They are too close together than the ones that went down. Also they look supertall compared to the skyline.

#8 AndyN

AndyN

    Skyscraper Member

  • Moderators
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,944 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Midland, Tx. for now

Posted 27 February 2006 - 05:39 PM

I think it is just the angle of the dangle that makes them look close together. If you look close, you can see the courthouse just left of the stacks, which puts them in about the correct place for this viewpoint.

Also, consider that big smokestacks were a sign of industry and economic vitality in that day. He probably scaled them up in comparison to what was there to show progress.

I didn't notice the steam engine and interurban car in the foreground, I thought the engine's exhaust was the river. Boy that would be a great painting to have for the office wall. The more I look at it, the neater it is.

TAN
Www.fortwortharchitecture.com

#9 Nitixope

Nitixope

    Senior Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 273 posts
  • Location:Fort Worth, TX

Posted 27 February 2006 - 10:50 PM

Theory A: This looks like a 1980’s satire of a 1920 futurist's vision. There are too many elements resembling the actual as we know it today and not enough fantasy fiction.

Theory B: Since many of our city’s forefathers and influential leaders were Masons, perhaps they published this cartoon as an “in your face” spoof, when in actuality it was the Fort Worth master plan revealed and is still being carried out today.


#10 DrkLts

DrkLts

    Skyscraper Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,092 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:S. Fort Worth

Posted 27 February 2006 - 11:32 PM

QUOTE(fwpcman @ Feb 26 2006, 08:37 PM) View Post

This was taken from a 1929 publication from the Fort Worth Association of Commerce (forerunner of the Chamber of Commerce). What do you think?
IPB Image



QUOTE(Nitixope @ Feb 27 2006, 10:50 PM) View Post

Theory A: This looks like a 1980’s satire of a 1920 futurist's vision. There are too many elements resembling the actual as we know it today and not enough fantasy fiction.

Theory B: Since many of our city’s forefathers and influential leaders were Masons, perhaps they published this cartoon as an “in your face” spoof, when in actuality it was the Fort Worth master plan revealed and is still being carried out today.


Looks like Theory B is your best bet since fwpcman got that from a 1929 publication, assuming its authenticly from that year. The city forefathers were very "visionary" so it was only natural their ideas would get conveyed on print.





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users