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1958

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1992

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Drawing, Design for Musaphonic Clock Radio in Blue, 1958

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Richard Arbib and made for (as the client) General Electric Company. It is dated 1958 and we acquired it in 1992. Its medium is pastel, brush and gouache, watercolor, pen and black ink, 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 speakers 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 Norman Brosterman and catalogued by Julia Pastor. It is credited Museum purchase through the gift of Mrs. Edward C. Post.

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 47.2 × 60.1 cm (18 9/16 × 23 11/16 in.)

It is signed

Signed in graphite, lower right: R. Arbib '58

It is inscribed

On design, in yellow gouache: Musaphonic; in graphite: GENERAL [GE symbol] Electric; ALAR[M]; SLEEP; AUTO; OFF; ON; numbers for tuning, between knobs: 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 14 16.

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for Musaphonic Clock Radio in Blue, 1958; Designed by Richard Arbib (American, 1917–1995); USA; pastel, brush and gouache, watercolor, pen and black ink, graphite on vellum; H x W: 47.2 × 60.1 cm (18 9/16 × 23 11/16 in.); Museum purchase through the gift of Mrs. Edward C. Post; 1992-183-5

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