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What is this?

Black rotary telephone; transmitter/receiver handset sitting in cradle on raised body with square base; black metal finger wheel above white dial with black numbers; smooth cord, one end attached to handset transmitter and the other to back of telephone base.

Why is this in our collection?

This elegant sculptural telephone has sidewalls that swoop upward from a rectangular base. It resembles an earlier phone introduced in Sweden in 1931, designed by Jean Heiberg for Ericsson. The Swedish model is housed in Bakelite, a hard plastic that was considered an innovative modern material; the Model 302 was manufactured in metal—a more traditional material—until 1946.

This is a telephone from United States. It is dated ca. 1937 and we acquired it in 1994. Museum purchase from the Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.

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Its medium is

cast and enamel-coated metal, steel, printed paper, rubber-sheathed cord

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 14 x 23 x 18.5cm (5 1/2 x 9 1/16 x 7 5/16in.)

This object was designed by Henry Dreyfuss and made for Bell Telephone Company and manufactured by Western Electric Manufacturing Company

This object was fund: Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund and purchased from Carole Krohn and catalogued by Cynthia Trope

The Conservation department has taken one photo of this object.

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Model 302 Telephone, ca. 1937 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=31 July 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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