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Thermos Carafe And Lid (USA), 1936

This is a thermos carafe and lid. It was designed by Henry Dreyfuss and manufactured by American Thermos Bottle Co.. It is dated 1936 and we acquired it in 1991. Its medium is aluminum, bakelite, glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Henry Dreyfuss was one of America’s pre-eminent industrial designers, responsible for the design of many iconic objects in the streamline style. This thermos carafe designed in 1936 for the American Thermos Bottle Co., is a pure reflection of streamlined style, with its nod to aerodynamics by using soft, rounded forms and horizontal banding to represent the value of industrial production. To emphasize this vessel's streamlined appearance, Dreyfuss employed the industrial materials aluminum, glass and the thermoplastic Bakelite.

This object was donated by Paul F. Walter. It is credited Gift of Paul F. Walter.

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

  • Thermos
  • stainless steel, plastic.
  • 1982-61-3-a,b

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 18 x 18 x 14 cm (7 1/16 x 7 1/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

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Thermos Carafe And Lid (USA), 1936; Designed by Henry Dreyfuss (American, 1904–1972); aluminum, bakelite, glass; H x W x D: 18 x 18 x 14 cm (7 1/16 x 7 1/16 x 5 1/2 in.); Gift of Paul F. Walter; 1991-30-3-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Energizing the Everyday: Gifts From the George R. Kravis II Collection.

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