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The Everett Worthington Inc. Summary

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The Manuscripts and Archives Department is pleased to announce the opening of an important new design collection. The Everett Worthington Inc. records showcase the career of an industrial designer who worked his modern art deco designs into wood, plastic, and metal objects. Worthington's influence at world's fairs and expositions across the United States from 1915 through 1938 familiarized consumers with his designs. Radio cabinets, clocks, interior design panels, furniture styled with wood accents, and the intricate work in automotive interiors, are examples of his fine craftsmanship. Gillette Safety Razor Company’s newly designed dry shaver and travel case, complete with new packaging, anchored the firm in the personal care arena of…show more content…
He was a musician at the opera house in Bellingham, Washington at the age of 19. His interest in sound flourished in 1915 when he began a career in industrial design. Supervising the construction and installation of the Victor Temple at the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition for the Victor Talking Machine Company he was praised in trade journals, making him well known throughout the radio and phonograph industries. In 1925 he moved to Chicago in preparation for the next round of projects - the 1933 World's Fair Century of Progress and The Great Lakes Exposition of 1935-36. Designs for the 1933 World's Fair included a futuristic Coca-Cola fountain which was in the main Midway. The wood work for this fountain display was a "never used before process" that became known as KarVarT. A type of laminated wood, this proprietary process was developed by Worthington and subcontracted to Haskelite Manufacturing Corporation. Toastmaster and General Motors displays at the Fair featured these wood panels, as did the Telektor exhibit for Stromberg-Carlson. In 1935 at The Great Lakes Exposition Coca-Cola celebrated its 50th anniversary, with a Worthington designed, and elaborately lighted, Midway concession display. Story & Clark Piano Company made headlines in 1938 when Worthington re-imagined their grand piano without relinquishing quality of sound. Using a paneled and veneered cover for the plate and strings was ingenious in piano design. A resonance chamber, not new to musical instruments such as violins, was first applied to the Storygrand
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