Donald Deskey

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Donald Deskey was born November 23, 1894 in Blue Earth, Faribault County, Minnesota. He graduated from Blue Earth High School with the Class of 1912 and left town the same night vowing to never return but he did in 1962. After a sporadic education, military, and employment career in California, the East, and Europe, Deskey went on to become the preeminent modernist designer in the United States during the 1930s. He created the sumptuous interiors for Radio City Music Hall in New York, but better known are his packaging designs for example for Oxydol soap and Crest toothpaste and others. He is also recognized as the father of the modern street light. Little-known and appreciated in his hometown and even less so in his native state, Donald Deskey is a Minnesotan who transformed our country. See: Hanks, David A. with Jennifer Toher,Donald Deskey Decorative Designs and Interiors, E. P. Dutton, New York, 1987.
~Randall S. Pemberton, Blue Earth, MN


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