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Drawing, Design for Telephone Booth

This is a drawing. It was designed by Henry Dreyfuss. It is dated ca. 1950–60 and we acquired it in 1993. Its medium is chalk, graphite, color pencil on yellow 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

42.5 × 35.2 cm (16 3/4 × 13 7/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for Telephone Booth; Designed by Henry Dreyfuss (American, 1904–1972); USA; chalk, graphite, color pencil on yellow tracing paper; 42.5 × 35.2 cm (16 3/4 × 13 7/8 in.); Gift of John Bruce; 1993-65-24

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

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