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1942

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1952

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Model 28 Vacuum Cleaner, 1947

This is a Vacuum cleaner. It was designed by Henry Dreyfuss. It is dated 1947 and we acquired it in 1996. Its medium is molded bakelite, metal, fabric. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Hoover worked closely with industrial designer Dreyfuss throughout the 1930s and 40s in order to update its products. Introduced in 1946, the Model 28 was the company’s second postwar vacuum model, and one of its most popular. It features a headlight in the Bakelite shell for greater visibility while cleaning. Over two million of this vacuum model sold from 1946 to 1950, the course of its manufacture.

It is credited Gift in honor of Erma E. Heagy by Edna M. Gingrich.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D (vacuum only): 120 x 34 x 36 cm (47 1/4 x 13 3/8 x 14 3/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Model 28 Vacuum Cleaner, 1947; Designed by Henry Dreyfuss (American, 1904–1972); USA; molded bakelite, metal, fabric; H x W x D (vacuum only): 120 x 34 x 36 cm (47 1/4 x 13 3/8 x 14 3/16 in.); Gift in honor of Erma E. Heagy by Edna M. Gingrich; 1996-120-1-a/k

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