Saturday, February 08, 2014
Today's "Anything Goes Saturday" images started out as a fun mystery!
I have two vintage slides that intrigued me, since they were unlabeled and undated (though certainly from the 1950's). A woman stands in front of a large globe (hey, I live on that planet! It is the planet Urf) and she is pointing at something. Either where she is, or where she lives, or at the flying saucer that is just out of frame. I wonder what the globe is made of; my guess would be some kind of terrazzo (…a composite material, poured in place or precast, which is used for floor and wall treatments), polished to a high gloss.
In the second image, we can see that something special was going on in Racine, Wisconsin. Hey, the SC Johnson global headquarters is in Racine!
You know SC Johnson, aka Johnson & Johnson, makers of baby shampoo and lots of other stuff . (Never mind, thanks for the correction to my dumb error, Nanook! Don't ever trust anything I write!) The Johnson campus is famous for a number of Frank Lloyd Wright structures, and it also has the "Golden Rondelle Theater" from the 1964 World's Fair.
Here's a modern picture of the SC Johnson campus; the research tower on our left is beautiful, but not one of Frank Lloyd Wright's best efforts technically (it is no longer in use for a variety of reasons). As for the globe, you can see that this one is different than the one in the old photos. According to the official SC Johnson gallery's tribute, "At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright", "….Wright envisioned a globe displayed on the SC Johnson campus. The first … globe was installed in 1952. Thirty four years later, employees banded together to present their Chairman, Sam Johnson, with a replacement that still stands today". I am assuming that the earlier globe fell victim to the elements, but could find no definitive information.
I need a giant globe!