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1950

  • Work on this object began.

1959

  • Work on this object ended.

1993

  • We acquired this object.

2015

2019

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Drawing, Television set, 1950s

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Henry Dreyfuss Associates. It is dated 1950s and we acquired it in 1993. Its medium is graphite, brown, white 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.

Its dimensions are

42.1 x 35 cm (16 9/16 x 13 3/4 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamped in black ink [partial]: ROUGH S[…]

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, lower margin: [partial] 8TCS22; lower right: RCA; 5/6; #577

Cite this object as

Drawing, Television set, 1950s; Designed by Henry Dreyfuss Associates (United States); USA; graphite, brown, white color pencil on tracing paper; 42.1 x 35 cm (16 9/16 x 13 3/4 in.); Gift of John Bruce; 1993-65-17

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