On The Road
Roberts Cathedral Cruiser
A picture of this
painting was used for the cover of the 1953 GM Annual
Report. The painting was commissioned by artist John Falter in 1953. He
was asked to go out to a Parade of Progress event and capture on canvas
the essence of the event.
Mr. Falter took lots of photos and when he got back to his
studio, he laid them all out and started his painting. One of the
photographs is said to be this black and white with a picture of a child
asleep in his Taylor Tot stroller. He incorporated this photo into the
painting. Unfortunately the child is a bit hard to find in the painting
but the painting was entitled, "We Hope To Set A Boy Too Dreaming."
The painting was reduced to fit the cover of the Annual
Report and it wrapped around from front to back. The fact that GM saw
fit to commission a painting and use it on the cover of their Annual
Report, points out the importance and pride that they took in putting on
Ryan, Parade of Progress Director, was instrumental in keeping
the show on the road for the American Public to view.
Kettering, GM Vice President, was instrumental in getting
Alfred P. Sloan, Jr.'s support to put the Science and Technology Exhibit
from the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair on the road.
On February 11, 1936, the
Parade of Progress made its debut in Lakeland, Florida. With the exception
of the war years, the show ran until 1956.