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Drawing, Design for a Radio, May 10, 1948

This is a Drawing. It was from the office of Henry Dreyfuss and made for (as the client) Radio Corporation of America. It is dated May 10, 1948 and we acquired it in 1993. Its medium is graphite, brown, white, yellow color pencil on tracing paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This is one of a group of drawings proposed for acquisition that document work by the Dreyfuss firm during the postwar years, for clients including Royal Typewriter (1944–45), New York Central Railroad (mid-1940s), RCA (1946–55), National Supply Co. (1949–58), and Cities Service (1951–62).
A number of the finished drawings correspond to prototypes or other documentation held in Cooper-Hewitt’s Dreyfuss archives, including those for RCA radio/phonograph and television consoles, and two beautiful drawings for Bell Telephone Laboratories of public phone booths.

It is credited Gift of John Bruce.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 32.8 x 42.5 cm (12 15/16 x 16 3/4 in.) Mat: 40.6 × 55.9 cm (16 × 22 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamp in black ink, lower right: ROUGH SKETCH / HENRY DREYFUSS, 501 MADISON AVENUE, N.Y.C. / DATE 5-10-48

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for a Radio, May 10, 1948; Office of Henry Dreyfuss (American, 1904–1972); USA; graphite, brown, white, yellow color pencil on tracing paper; H x W: 32.8 x 42.5 cm (12 15/16 x 16 3/4 in.) Mat: 40.6 × 55.9 cm (16 × 22 in.); Gift of John Bruce; 1993-65-16

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The World of Radio.

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