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Drawing (USA)

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Henry Dreyfuss Associates. It is dated June 17, 1953 and we acquired it in 1993. Its medium is graphite, brown, white, blue 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.

  • Print, Destiny of an Old Directory
  • offset lithograph on glossy white paper.
  • Museum purchase with funding provided by the Buddy Taub Foundation, Dennis A.....
  • 2016-54-47

Its dimensions are

35.5 x 43 cm (14 in. x 16 15/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, lower right: 6-17-53 (1)

Cite this object as

Drawing (USA); Designed by Henry Dreyfuss Associates (United States); graphite, brown, white, blue color pencil on tracing paper; 35.5 x 43 cm (14 in. x 16 15/16 in.); Gift of John Bruce; 1993-65-21

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