Drawing, Design for a Clock Radio
This is a Drawing. It was made for (as the client) General Electric Company. It is dated 1957 and we acquired it in 1992. Its medium is blue, black pastel, brush and watercolor, gouache, graphite on vellum. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
Arbib, who began his career styling cars for General Motors, made designs for clock radios that apply the flamboyant features of 1950s automobiles. Flaring side fins and a flashy dial approximate the look of an automotive dashboard and demonstrate how companies like General Electric eagerly added new features to radios to entice consumers.
It is credited
Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. Griffith Bailey Coale and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.
Its dimensions are
H x W: 45.1 × 60.3 cm (17 3/4 × 23 3/4 in.)
It has the following markings
Designer's stamp in black ink, lower right: Richard Arbib Company, Inc. / [Studio no.] GE751/34SK / [Client no.] / [Designer] Donald Henry
It is signed
Signed in brush and white gouache, lower right: Arbib '57.
Cite this object as
Drawing, Design for a Clock Radio; Client: General Electric Company ; USA; blue, black pastel, brush and watercolor, gouache, graphite on vellum; H x W: 45.1 × 60.3 cm (17 3/4 × 23 3/4 in.); Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. Griffith Bailey Coale and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund; 1992-181-1
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The World of Radio.