What is this?
Poster depicts abstract topographical map with arcs in black and brown. Upper left: electronic intellegence; lower margin: GENERAL DYNAMICS.
Why is this in our collection?
In 1953, Erik Nitsche began working for the newly formed General Dynamics, a parent corporation that oversaw eleven different manufacturers producing cutting edge technology in areas such as hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, and nuclear physics for United States defense. They designed work as varied as the B-58 supersonic jet bomber to atomic powered submarines. As design critic Steven Heller has noted, Nitsche arrived at General Dynamics at a unique moment. At the beginning of the Cold War, fear drove the national push for nuclear deterrence. But there was also a pervasive mindset that nuclear power held the potential for world peace. John Jay Hopkins, General Dynamics’ president, was adamant that the... more