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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.

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. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18649321/ |title=Telephone, "Model 302", ca. 1937 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=23 August 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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