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Signature Princess Telephone, 1993

This is a Telephone. It was after Henry Dreyfuss Associates. It is dated 1993 and we acquired it in 1994. Its medium is compression-molded abs plastic, metal, electronic components. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

AT&T released the Signature Princess line of telephones after young women expressed renewed interest in the original 1959 design; the 1993 re-release features lighted touchtone push buttons instead of the original rotary dial. Both the Princess and the Signature Princess came in a variety of colors, but the pastel models were the most popular.

This object was donated by AT&T. It is credited Gift of AT&T.

  • Swan Princess Figurine, ca. 1930
  • molded, enameled, and gilt porcelain.
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase....
  • 1989-41-182

Our curators have highlighted 4 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Ericofon Telephone, ca. 1960
  • molded abs plastic, nylon, rubber, metal, printed paper.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. Paul Moore and Charlton M. Theus, Jr..
  • 1998-36-1

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 10.5 x 21.5 x 10 cm (4 1/8 x 8 7/16 x 3 15/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Signature Princess Telephone, 1993; After Henry Dreyfuss Associates (United States); USA; compression-molded abs plastic, metal, electronic components; H x W x D: 10.5 x 21.5 x 10 cm (4 1/8 x 8 7/16 x 3 15/16 in.); Gift of AT&T; 1994-50-1

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

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