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1988

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1993

  • We acquired this object.

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Vidor Flashylight Flashlight, designed 1988

This is a Flashlight. It is dated designed 1988 and we acquired it in 1993. Its medium is molded plastic. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Rayovac, founded as The French Battery Company, was best known for its development of heavy-duty batteries, including silver oxide button cells and the first all zinc chloride battery, and for the flashlights that housed them. Introduced in 1984, the “Workhorse” flashlight carried a lifetime warranty, making it the company’s longest-lasting product to date. Rayovac, with Petterson, gave the durable favorite a makeover in 1988, producing this “Vidor Flashylight,” an eye-popping neon-cased version of the “Workhorse.”

This object was donated by Max Pine. It is credited Gift of Barbara and Max Pine.

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 15.7 x 5 cm (6 3/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Molded in battery compartment cap: "Rayovac/Thailand"

Cite this object as

Vidor Flashylight Flashlight, designed 1988; USA; molded plastic; H x diam.: 15.7 x 5 cm (6 3/16 x 1 15/16 in.); Gift of Barbara and Max Pine; 1993-133-7

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition IDEO Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection.

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