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1996

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StarTAC™ Cellular Telephone, 1996

This is a Cellular telephone. It was designed by Leon Soren and Albert Nagele and manufactured by Motorola, Inc.. It is dated 1996 and we acquired it in 1999. Its medium is injection-molded polycarbonate, metal, electronic components. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This object was donated by Motorola, Inc.. It is credited Gift of Motorola, Inc..

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

  • Model 302 Telephone, ca. 1937
  • cast and enamel-coated metal, steel, printed paper, rubber-sheathed cord.
  • Museum purchase from the Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.
  • 1994-73-2

Its dimensions are

(a,b: closed): 2.2 x 6 x 12.5 cm (7/8 x 2 3/8 x 4 15/16 in.) (a,b: open): 7.7 x 6 x 14.7 cm (3 1/16 x 2 3/8 x 5 13/16 in.) (c: battery holder): 1.1 x 5.5 x 4.8 cm (7/16 x 2 3/16 x 1 7/8 in.)

Cite this object as

StarTAC™ Cellular Telephone, 1996; Designed by Albert Nagele and Leon Soren; USA; injection-molded polycarbonate, metal, electronic components; (a,b: closed): 2.2 x 6 x 12.5 cm (7/8 x 2 3/8 x 4 15/16 in.) (a,b: open): 7.7 x 6 x 14.7 cm (3 1/16 x 2 3/8 x 5 13/16 in.) (c: battery holder): 1.1 x 5.5 x 4.8 cm (7/16 x 2 3/16 x 1 7/8 in.); Gift of Motorola, Inc.; 1999-56-1-a/c

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