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Object Timeline

1948

  • Work on this object began.

1993

  • We acquired this object.

2015

2017

Drawing, Design for a Radio, May 10, 1948

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Henry Dreyfuss Associates and Marcel Mouton and from the office of Henry Dreyfuss and made for (as the client) RCA. It is dated May 10, 1948 and we acquired it in 1993. Its medium is graphite, brown, white, yellow color pencil on tracing paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This is one of a group of drawings proposed for acquisition that document work by the Dreyfuss firm during the postwar years, for clients including Royal Typewriter (1944–45), New York Central Railroad (mid-1940s), RCA (1946–55), National Supply Co. (1949–58), and Cities Service (1951–62).
A number of the finished drawings correspond to prototypes or other documentation held in Cooper-Hewitt’s Dreyfuss archives, including those for RCA radio/phonograph and television consoles, and two beautiful drawings for Bell Telephone Laboratories of public phone booths.

This object was donated by John Bruce and catalogued by Julia Pastor. It is credited Gift of John Bruce.

Our curators have highlighted 4 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Chest For Stereo (USA), 1973
  • stack-laminated and carved walnut, metal, leather, stereo components.
  • Gift of Linda and Irwin R. Berman.
  • 2005-9-1-a/e

Its dimensions are

H x W: 32.8 x 42.5 cm (12 15/16 x 16 3/4 in.) Mat: 40.6 × 55.9 cm (16 × 22 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamp in black ink, lower right: ROUGH SKETCH / HENRY DREYFUSS, 501 MADISON AVENUE, N.Y.C. / DATE 5-10-48

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for a Radio, May 10, 1948; Designed by Marcel Mouton and Henry Dreyfuss Associates; USA; graphite, brown, white, yellow color pencil on tracing paper; H x W: 32.8 x 42.5 cm (12 15/16 x 16 3/4 in.) Mat: 40.6 × 55.9 cm (16 × 22 in.); Gift of John Bruce; 1993-65-16

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