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January 10, 1927 – “Metropolis”, a German film directed by Fritz Lang, premieres in Berlin. 


February 5, 1927 – Buster Keaton’s “The General” premieres in New York City, considered by many critics and film historians to be the greatest silent film movie made. 


February 15, 1927 – Clara Bow’s “It” movie premieres, breaking box office records and making her famous as the “It girl”. 


May 11, 1927 – The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences forms in Los Angeles. Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. is the Academy’s first president. 


May 21, 1927 - Charles Lindbergh completes the first solo transatlantic flight in the “Spirit of St. Louis”, flying from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York to Paris, France.


October 6, 1927 - “The Jazz Singer” premieres as the first talking movie at Warners’ Theater in New York. 


November 27, 1927 – “Funny Face” opens on Broadway starring Fred Astaire and his sister Adele. 




      June 18, 1928 – Amelia Earhart is the first female to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a plane (she was a passenger). 


      September 3, 1928 - Penicillin is discovered by Alexander Fleming. 

      November 6, 1928 – Herbert Hoover is elected president, defeating Alfred Smith, the governor of New York. 


      November 18, 1928 - “Steamboat Willie”, the first Mickey Mouse cartoon, premieres at Universal’s Colony Theater in New York City. 


      Arthur von Frankenberg  is awarded a number of patents - Des. 77203 for Frankart’s L215 “Spirit of Modernism”  lamp,  Des. 75989   for lamp L206 (nude embracing a Candalite bulb), and Des. 76612 for Frankart’s L212, the iconic “Silhouette” Lamp.

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February 14, 1929 - The “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” occurs in Chicago, with seven mobsters of Bugs Moran’s gang murdered.  Al Capone was suspected of ordering the murders.  


March 1929 – The New York Central Building (now the Helmsley Building), built by the New York Central Railroad Company, opened on Park Avenue in Manhattan. In 1931, Salvatore Maranzano was murdered in his office on the ninth floor of the building by men hired by “Lucky” Luciano and Vito Genovese.


March 4, 1929 - Herbert Hoover becomes the 31st U.S. president. 


May 16, 1929 - The first Academy Awards ceremony is held at a private banquet in the Blossom Room of the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood.


October 28 & 29, 1929 – “Black Monday” and “Black Tuesday” occurs on the New York Stock Exchange, bursting the bubble of the “Roaring Twenties” and often considered the beginning of the “Great Depression”.


Arthur von Frankenberg is awarded patents - Des. 80059 for ashstand T330 (the famous smokers stand of a nude standing atop a polished ball), Des. 80060 for lamp L232 (a seated nude with three square shades), Des. 77659 for pixie candleholder C106, Des. 78174 for lamp L225 (a coy nude standing before a fan shaped glass panel), Des. 78417 for lamp L222 (two dancing nymphs between a square glass tube), Des. 78418 for lamp L224 (four nudes around a square glass cylinder), Des. 78419 for lamp L221 (two nudes holding a square glass cylinder) and Des. 78992 for lamp L216 (sometimes call the “bondage girl” lamp). 





February 18, 1930 – Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto, considered the ninth planet of the solar system until 2006, when it was reclassified as a dwarf planet. 


February 21, 1930- Greta Garbo stars in “Anna Christie” , her first talking movie that was advertised as “Garbo Talks!”


May 17, 1930 – Construction of Rockefeller Center begins, financed entirely by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. 


May 20, 1930 – The Chrysler Building is completed and becomes the world’s tallest building. 


August 29, 1930 – The Marx Brothers’ “Animal Crackers” premieres in New York City.


November 5, 1930 – “All Quiet on the Western Front” wins the Academy Award for Outstanding Production (later Best Picture). 


1930 – Arthur von Frankenberg is awarded a number of patents, including Des. 81469 for lamp L246 (two nudes embracing a glass bar cylinder), Des. 80925 for ashstand T335, the “Three Graces”, Des. 82917 for ashstand T333 (the “cover girl” smokers stand), Des. 82199 for lamp L255 (two nudes supporting a horizontal glass cylinder), Des. 82298 for lamp L252 (two nudes supporting a plate glass panel holding a glass cylinder), Des. 82400 for lamp  L241 (two kneeling nudes guarding a crackled glass globe) and Des. 82401 for lamp L243 (two kneeling nudes holding an engraved plate glass disc).

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