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Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Streamlining and Their Influence on Outboard Motor Design

June 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Multimedia presentation and tour of the Stevenson Outboard Collection.

Larry Stevenson as a child in his boat with an outboard.

What is the lure of outboard motors?  “Freedom,” says outboard motor collector Larry Stevenson, who fell under their spell as a child growing up near a lake.   Also “fabulous design” drew Larry to outboards.  This multimedia presentation includes the fascinating history of Larry Stevenson’s collection and includes histories of the art movements which influenced outboard motor design from 1909 to 1966.  Art Nouveau which began in Paris and Brussels and focused on elegant curvilinear lines and organic forms influenced design internationally from roughly 1890 to 1905.  Art Deco influenced outboard, car, architecture, railroad, and industrial design beginning around 1900 and continues to be an influence today.  Learn about the most famous industrial designer of the early twentieth century, Raymond Loewy, who was the contract designer for Studebaker

Raymond Loewy standing on one of his designs.

and Sears, and the designer of Air Force One.  Included in the talk are hood ornaments, their history, and how they influenced outboard design.  Finally, learn about the influence of Streamlining on airplanes, cars, outboard motors, and on industrial design and how it continues to this day.

After the talk Larry Stevenson will conduct a tour of the newly opened Stevenson Outboard Collection, focusing on the outboard motors discussed in the presentation.

Admission is free, a suggested donation of $5 is appreciated.

This talk is presented by outboard motor collector and historian Larry Stevenson.  Larry is a Navy and Coast Guard Auxiliary veteran and a retired UPS International Industrial Engineering Manager in the international operation with a passion for industrial design, art, history, and sailing.


June 7, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm