Model 302 Telephone, ca. 1937
Cast and enamel-coated metal, steel, printed paper, rubber-sheathed cord. Museum purchase from the Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund. 1994-73-2
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.