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TIMELINE - FRANKART ERA 1933-35

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1933

January 30, 1933 - Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany

March 2, 1933 – “King Kong”, starring Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot and Robert Armstrong, opens to rave reviews in New York City.

March 4, 1933 – Franklin Delano Roosevelt is inaugurated as the 32nd U.S. president.

March 8, 1933 – The film “42nd Street” premieres in New York City. The film was choreographed by Busby Berkeley and included Dick Powell, Ginger Rogers and Ruby Keeler in her first film.

March 23, 1933 – The Enabling Act is passed by the German Parliament effectively making Hitler a dictator.

May 1, 1933 – Executive Order 6102 signed by FDR makes the possession of gold a criminal offense.

May 27, 1933 – The “Century of Progress” World’s Fair opens in Chicago. It was scheduled to close in November 1933 but was so popular it reopened from May to October 1934.

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1933

May 27, 1933 – “The Gold Diggers of 1933”, starring William Powell, Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell and Ginger Rogers, premieres in New York.

July 15, 1933 – A pact between Great Britain, Germany, France and Italy is signed.

November 13, 1933 – “The Invisible Man” premieres starring Claude Rains in his first American movie.

December 5, 1933 - Prohibition is repealed when the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is fully ratified.

December 22, 1933 – The RKO musical “Flying Down to Rio” premieres in New York and is the first pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

Henry Underberg is awarded patent Des. 89321 for Frankart’s ashtray model T382 (an elephant head with a glass insert in the open mouth) and as lamp L278.

 

1933 – 1935:  Arthur von Frankenberg, The Quoizel line

The beginning of the 1930s brought tumultuous winds of change. Worldwide events were brewing which could not be stopped. In the United States, the economy was in shatters. By 1932 the partnership between Murad, Underberg and Frankenberg was dissolved. Legal action was taken and Frankenberg was no longer connected to Frankart, Inc. Frankenberg’s departure changed the spark of Frankart, Inc. as he was the creative driver for the company’s designs.

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Frankenberg went on to create a wonderful line of pieces under the Quoizel name. His Quoizel line of nude figures was unusually futuristic and creative. But when looking at some of the Quoizel lamp bases, we can see they are plagued by poor metal quality, a signal of the rough economic times. The years of 1932 and 1933 were the worst of the Great Depression and, as a result decorative and practical accessories were no longer in high demand.


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Because of the Depression, the Quoizel line only lasted a few years. After Quoizel, Frankenberg’s name appears as an illustrator of children books and of Esquire magazine covers. Not much is known about Arthur von Frankenberg in the later years except that he fell on hard times, destined to fade into obscurity.

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