25 February 2011

The Envelope, Please

I was surprised to learn that in 1951, many categories of Academy Awards were broken into two sub-categories: one for black and white films, the other for color productions. [Movie buffs: Best Art Direction (B/W) was won by 'A Streetcar Named Desire', while 'An American in Paris' copped the color equivalent]. This puts the achievement by Crosley's Shelvador refrigerator in the proper perspective; its gold-tone interior accents surely outshone the competition's monochromatic designs.

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