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1927

  • Work on this object began.

1947

  • Work on this object ended.

1994

  • We acquired this object.

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Model 302 Telephone, ca. 1937

This is a Telephone. It was designed by Henry Dreyfuss and manufactured by Western Electric Manufacturing Company and made for Bell Telephone Company. It is dated ca. 1937 and we acquired it in 1994. Its medium is cast and enamel-coated metal, steel, printed paper, rubber-sheathed cord. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

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 object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled The 302.

This object was purchased from Carole Krohn and fund: Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund and catalogued by Cynthia Trope. It is credited Museum purchase from the Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.

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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.)

Cite this object as

Model 302 Telephone, ca. 1937; Designed by Henry Dreyfuss (American, 1904–1972); USA; cast and enamel-coated metal, steel, printed paper, rubber-sheathed cord; H x W x D: 14 x 23 x 18.5cm (5 1/2 x 9 1/16 x 7 5/16in.); Museum purchase from the Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund; 1994-73-2

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