October 20, 2019

Featured Source: Cornell-Liberty Safety Car

Cornell-Liberty Safety Car

Raymond Loewy (1893-1986) Preliminary design for Cornell-Liberty Safety Car (designed for the Cornell Aeronautical Research Laboratory and the Liberty Mutual Life Insurance Company). Graphite, colored pencil, and ink drawing, September 11, 1956. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division. Curator description:¬†Drawing on his extensive experience in the design and operation of the automobile, Loewy succinctly sketched the basic elements of this “safety car” design for Cornell University, in order to arrive at a design solution that was both attractive and secure.

Using a magnifying glass, can you decipher any of the notes? What safety features are recommended?

Compare and contrast this illustration with the studies for the 1961 Avanti. What similarities do you notice? What differences do you see?

Describe and explain safety features that you would recommend for a car today.

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