Machine Age Art Deco Skyscraper Cast Aluminum Bookends

Machine Age Skyscraper Bookends
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Machine Age Cast Aluminum Bookends
Machine Age Modernist Bookends
Machine Age Modernist Deco Bookends
Machine Age Skyscraper Bookends
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Machine Age Cast Aluminum Bookends
Machine Age Modernist Bookends
Machine Age Modernist Deco Bookends
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Machine Age Art Deco Skyscraper Cast Aluminum Bookends

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Designer: Unknown

Item: Machine Age Art Deco Cast Aluminum Bookends

Manufactured by: Unknown

Country of origin: United States

Year made: Ca. 1930s

Materials: Solid cast aluminum

Dimensions: 6 1/4" x 4 3/8" x 2 3/8" 

Condition: Very good, with some rubbing, fading and minor loss of the paint from age.  There are a few stains and some oxidation on the aluminum from aging, but nothing that in any way detracts from these incredible bookends.  We have not touched these as the natural patina of 85 years has given the cast aluminum a mellow richness.

Description:  Here is an amazing and possibly unique pair of machine age skyscraper art deco cast aluminum bookends of the Bloom Township High School building in Chicago Heights, Illinois.  The high school building these were modeled after was finished in 1931 as a WPA project and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  These stunning bookends appear to be sand cast and are solid and quite heavy.  Based on the casting style it appears they may be unique.  They display the school’s colors of blue and white in the name on the bottom.  We have included a photo, courtesy of the high school's website, of the actual high school building from which these bookends appear to be a tribute.  

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