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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

This is a poster from Switzerland. It is dated ca. 1954 and we acquired it in 2013. Gift of Arthur Cohen and Daryl Otte in memory of Bill Moggridge. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

offset lithograph on paper

Its dimensions are

132.5 x 95.9 cm (52 3/16 x 37 3/4 in.)

This object was made for (as the client) General Dynamic Corporation and printed by Lithos R. Marsens and designed by Erik Nitsche

This object was donated by Daryl Otte and Arthur Cohen

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Poster, "Electronic Intelligence, General Dynamics", ca. 1954 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=28 November 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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