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1957

  • Work on this object began.

1992

  • We acquired this object.

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Drawing, Design for a Clock Radio, 1957

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Donald Henry and Richard Arbib and from the office of Richard Arbib and made for (as the client) General Electric Company. It is dated 1957 and we acquired it in 1992. Its medium is blue, black pastel, brush and watercolor, gouache, graphite on vellum. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Arbib, who began his career styling cars for General Motors, made designs for clock radios that apply the flamboyant features of 1950s automobiles. Flaring side fins and a flashy dial approximate the look of an automotive dashboard and demonstrate how companies like General Electric eagerly added new features to radios to entice consumers.

This object was purchased from Richard Arbib and catalogued by Julia Pastor, Elizabeth Horwitz Marcus, Dr. Gail Davidson and Karin Zonis. It is credited Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. Griffith Bailey Coale and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 45.1 × 60.3 cm (17 3/4 × 23 3/4 in.)

It has the following markings

Designer's stamp in black ink, lower right: Richard Arbib Company, Inc. / [Studio no.] GE751/34SK / [Client no.] / [Designer] Donald Henry

It is signed

Signed in brush and white gouache, lower right: Arbib '57.

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for a Clock Radio, 1957; Designed by Donald Henry and Richard Arbib; USA; blue, black pastel, brush and watercolor, gouache, graphite on vellum; H x W: 45.1 × 60.3 cm (17 3/4 × 23 3/4 in.); Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. Griffith Bailey Coale and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund; 1992-181-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The World of Radio.

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