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Combi DL5 Electric Razor, 1957

This is a Electric Razor. It was co-designed by Dieter Rams and manufactured by Braun AG. It is dated 1957 and we acquired it in 1986. Its medium is molded plastic, cast metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

In 1950, Dieter Rams and Gerd Alfred Muller introduced their first electric razor with a patented foil and cutter head. From then on, electric razors were a central product category for Braun. This model has the addition of a fixed-position trimmer on one side of the head, thus earning the "Combi" title.

This object was donated by Barry Friedman and Patricia Pastor. It is credited Gift of Barry Friedman and Patricia Pastor.

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Its dimensions are

9.4 x 6.7 x 4 cm (3 11/16 x 2 5/8 x 1 9/16 in.)

It has the following markings

COMBI-A 9 WATT 50 ~ 100-125V/ 200-250 V

Cite this object as

Combi DL5 Electric Razor, 1957; Co-Designer: Dieter Rams (German, b. 1932); Germany; molded plastic, cast metal; 9.4 x 6.7 x 4 cm (3 11/16 x 2 5/8 x 1 9/16 in.); Gift of Barry Friedman and Patricia Pastor; 1986-99-34-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Bob Greenberg Selects.

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