Stanley Paine (British, B. 1934) "1935 Duesenberg" Signed lower left. Original Mixed Media painting on Illustration Board.
Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation.
This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood First Day of Issue Maximum Card for the U.S. 25c 1935 Duesenberg stamp issued August 25, 1988.
This was the car coveted by the stars, the car that everyone wished they could own. In the Golden Age of Hollywood, Americans adored their screen idols, and flashy cars became the perfect accent and attention-getter for the nation's new elite. The Duesenberg was a favorite choice. To be seen in one was an honor; to own one meant success. The cars were designed by Fred Duesenberg. They were advanced ... they were luxurious ... and they were deliciously expensive. In short, they became the perfect status symbol for producers like Howard Hughes and stars like Mae West, and for the very rich like William Randolph Hearst or New York Mayor Jimmy Walker. A dazzling display, the Duesenberg cars were massive -- one chassis was thirteen feet long -- with huge engines of race track quality. In fact, every Duesenberg engine was tested at Indianapolis before delivery. The body styles came from an array of fine coaches designed by the industry's best, and were ordered by the individual purchaser from a book of styles especially suited to the Duesenberg chassis. This magnificent car epitomized the good life in America, with all of its accompanying glitter, glamour and gleam. And the Duesenberg itself was established as a true American classic. This artwork honors the remarkable and memorable car which was the classic, opulent, and ever beautiful Duesenberg.
Image Size: 7.25 x 10.75 in.
Overall Size: 11.25 x 13.75 in.
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