new york deco, richard berenholtz
Posted on januari 3, 2007
Leuk salonboekje over art deco in New York. Mooie foto’s van Richard Berenholtz.
We opened at the Savoy in November 1929, barely a month after the crash. By the end of the year, investors had lost $ 40 billion and more than 6 million people were out of work. 5.000 banks had failed, and 32.000 businesses were bankrupt. There were breadlines everywhere and near-riots in New York.
Everybody was angry with poor old Herbert Hoover. Everybody excepte people in the entertainment world, I guess. It’s a funny thing, when things get really bad, when the bottom falls out of the economy, that’s when people really need entertainment … I suppose people figure, what the hell, let’s go out and have a ball. It’s onwe way to get out of the gloom. That’s the way it was in 1929.
– Cab Calloway