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Rolodex Open Rotary Card File, 1950

This is a Open rotary card file. It was manufactured by Rolodex Corporation. It is dated 1950 and we acquired it in 1996. Its medium is bent tubular metal, molded plastic, rubber, paper. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Composed of a curved tubular metal stand, a plastic wheel, and cards, this file for storing names, addresses, and phone numbers is an artifact of the pre-digital office. Turning the wheel flips the cards, creating multiple planes. Some electronic versions are designed to evoke the tactile qualities of the rotating wheel.

This object was donated by Rolodex Corporation. It is credited Gift of Rolodex Corporation.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 18 x 18 x 16.5 cm (7 1/16 x 7 1/16 x 6 1/2 in.)

It has the following markings

Molded in terminal plastic knobs: "ROLODEX®" printed label/decal on foot: "ROLODEX® Model 5024X/Rolodex Corporation/Secaucus, NJ 07094-2196" red card w/white type: "ONLY ROLODEX® HAS ALL THESE ESSENTIAL FEATURES! 1. Automatic ball-bearing tension control. Hear the click-click as you turn the knob? That's the Rolomatic™ ball-bearing mechanism at work holding the card in balance wherever you stop. And it's fully automatic! [verso - black type on white ground] 2. PLASTIC GUIDES. Non-destructible, scuff-proof; can't get dog-eared. 3. GUIDE HEADINGS. Printed both sides so you can rotate file in either direction. Take the shortest route to your card. 4. INTERCHANGEABLE. Want special headings? Slip tab out and set up your own on reverse side of tab. ONLY ROLODEX® HAS ALL THESE ESSENTIAL FEATURES!"

Cite this object as

Rolodex Open Rotary Card File, 1950. bent tubular metal, molded plastic, rubber, paper. Gift of Rolodex Corporation. 1996-14-2.

We have 1 video that features Rolodex Open Rotary Card File, 1950.

Collections in Motion: Rolodexes

Six Rolodexes from the Cooper Hewitt collection being shown in motion.

The Conservation department has taken one photo of this object.

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