Telephone, "Model 500", 1953 Plastic, metal, rubber. Museum transfer from Exhibitions Department. 2009-50-1-a/c.
What is this?
Black rectangular plastic body with sloping top; circular clear plastic dial in center, surrounded by white numbers 1 to 0, the letters A to Y, and the word "OPERATOR", all arranged in a circle around the dial, their positions corresponding to fingerholes in dial. Barbell-shaped handset of black plastic sits in cradle on top of body; coiled black wire at one end of handset plugs into telephone body.
Why is this in our collection?
From Acquisition Justification: "Prominent American industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss was born in Brooklyn, NY, and was among the first generation of professionals in the field of industrial design. By 1923, he was apprenticing with Norman Bel Geddes, theatrical designer and one of the founders of the industrial design field, working with him on several of his Broadway productions. Dreyfuss also became a consultant for Macy's Department Store, where he not only designed displays, but showed a desire to collaborate with manufacturers on the design of their goods. In 1929, he opened his own office in New York, and went on to open a second in Pasadena, California. In 1965, he was elected the... more