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What is this?

Brown-burgundy ovoid form suggestive of a kerchiefed head or kendo mask; horizontal slits for speaker on the front.

This is a intercom speaker from United States. It is dated 1937–38 and we acquired it in 1991. Gift of Mel Byars.

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Its medium is

molded bakelite, metal

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (without cord): 19.8 x 17 x 16 cm (7 13/16 x 6 11/16 x 6 5/16 in.)

This object has been tagged:

This object was manufactured by Zenith Radio Corporation and designed by Isamu Noguchi

This object was donated by Mel Byars

The Conservation department has taken one photo of this object.

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This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Radio Nurse Intercom Speaker, 1937–38 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=29 July 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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