This image is that of the television antenna of station WNBT and for many years it sat on top of the Empire State Building. WNBT was the flagship station of NBC, which was owned by RCA (Radio Corporation of America, 1919-1986) which (according to its name) was really the first national broadcasting radio network in the United States, and which (as experimental station W2XBS) became the first to broadcast a television picture (of a papier mache Felix the Cat) in 1928. This fantastic cover art for a 1947 promotional for the company pictured the famous antenna, the great visual of the company’s external hardware, right there on top of the world’s tallest building.
The [Danish] design of this book looks like 2006, in British terms, rather than 1986. the 1980s were not a good period for swiss-style modernism in Britain. The book celebrates the British Rail corporate identity at a time when it seemed outdated in Britain - a case of ‘you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone’. The British have never been very good at sticking to rational design systems - they get distracted by romanticism and nostalgia.