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The Henry Ford confirmed today the acquisition of an original kiosk designed by Charles and Ray Eames for use in the IBM Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair.

The kiosk, one of two known to survive, was designed to resemble a colorful tent-like structure, complete with pennants. Constructed of iron, walnut and plastic laminate, it originally housed interactive exhibit elements that were part of a huge program created by the Eames office to explain the impact and uses of IBM's computing technology. The kiosk was saved by the contractor who had been awarded the task of demolishing the pavilion at the fair's end. Another example is known to have survived-used by the Eames Office to explore installation options but never used at the fair itself. It was acquired by Vitra in 2006.

"When acquiring artifacts for The Henry Ford collection, we look at how the item will expand our ability to tell important stories from American culture including that of design," said Patricia Mooradian, president of The Henry Ford. Marc Greuther, chief curator, adds, "It is a powerful and appealing artifact-and a reminder that Charles and Ray Eames could apply lightness of touch and whimsy to serious yet fun exhibit design."

In addition to being a highly significant Eames artifact, the kiosk relates to the broader topic of world's fairs - a subject the organization continues to explore specifically in the current Henry Ford Museum visiting exhibition Designing Tomorrow: America's World's Fairs of the 1930s. Its direct connection to IBM also enriches the museum's communication and information technology collections.

The Henry Ford is currently working with Los Angeles Modern Art & Design Auction regarding bringing the kiosk to its new home inside Henry Ford Museum. Details on when the item will be put on permanent display will be released at a later time.

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The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan is an internationally-recognized cultural destination where stories and artifacts from 300 years of America's history bring to life the accomplishments of ordinary and extraordinary individuals alike. A national historic landmark with five unique venues, unparalleled collections and world-class expertise, The Henry Ford is a force for fueling the spirit of American innovation and inspiring a 'can-do' culture. Nearly two million visitors annually experience its attractions: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. A continually expanding array of content available online provides anytime, anywhere access. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution's campus. For more information please visit our website thehenryford.org.

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Interesting, but I wonder what understanding of design it will bring without the context of the original interactive exhibits.

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You have a point Wayne, but I think in this case the design holds up by itself pretty well.

But if I COULD choose one of the original exhibits to illustrate how the design embellishes and reinforces the exhibit itself... I think I'd go with the Sherlock Holmes show illustrating deductive reasoning and probability.

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It seems the name of the Sherlock Holmes show was 'The Case of the Singular Green Moustache'. That's a sure amaze-your-friends trivia item. :D

We found some digitized film footage of it a few years ago- it's on youtube or somewhere.

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I would venture to say, if we could see a photo of the one that Ford has acquired, we could identify which exhibit was in it.

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Thanks Bill.
The Eames/IBM exhibits & graphics had a kind of turn-of-the-century vibe that was in stark contrast to the equipment they were selling, and the pavilion they were in.
Very appealing, though.

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Who's got a picture?

And I agree, Randy.

Okay, we now have a picture of the kiosk that Ford acquired. Obviously the chair wasn't the exhibit under it at the World's Fair--- although there would have been long lines to sit in if it HAD been there!!! :D

We'll have to start looking for period photos that match that paint scheme--- I think all the Eames kiosks were different.

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I see 3 kiosks in period photos, each with a different paint scheme. By golly, I think it *IS* the Sherlock Holmes kiosk!

The only thing is, it's missing a stage backdrop facade which was part of the Sherlock Holmes puppet show.

I marked it as #2 in this picture showing the three "puppet theatres" kiosks.

Puppet_theaters.jpg

Now somebody just has to recreate the Sherlock Holmes puppet show!

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It seems the name of the Sherlock Holmes show was 'The Case of the Singular Green Moustache'. That's a sure amaze-your-friends trivia item. :D

We found some digitized film footage of it a few years ago- it's on youtube or somewhere.

My recollection is that the name was "The Singular Case of the Plural Green Moustache."

One of my favorite little attractions at the fair; I have no idea how many times I saw it.

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4 hours ago, Eric Paddon said:

Came across this little YT feature showing its installation at the Ford Museum.    Is it still there?

Bringing The Eames Kiosk To The Henry Ford

Amazingly someone just posted this on Facebook today:

I am at Maker Faire Detroit again this year. The IBM kiosk display hasn't changed in a year. I really didn't expect it to, but it would be nice if they would expand the display some.

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