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Drawing, Design for a Hearing Aid, Drawing R-29 MH, June 27, 1946

This is a Drawing. It was made for (as the client) Radio Corporation of America. It is dated June 27, 1946 and we acquired it in 1993. Its medium is graphite, white colored pencil on gray wove 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.

It is credited Gift of John Bruce.

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Its dimensions are

Sheet: 46 x 33 cm (18 1/8 x 13 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamped in black ink, lower left: HENRY DREYFUSS, - DESIGNER / 4 WEST 58TH STREET / NEW YORK – PLAZA 3-8030; lower right: DRAWING NO. R-29-28MH / DATE 6/27/46

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for a Hearing Aid, Drawing R-29 MH, June 27, 1946; Client: Radio Corporation of America ; USA; graphite, white colored pencil on gray wove paper; Sheet: 46 x 33 cm (18 1/8 x 13 in.); Gift of John Bruce; 1993-65-27

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