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Streamlined flashlight (maker unknown) Flashlight, 1935

This is a Flashlight. It is dated 1935 and we acquired it in 2008. Its medium is chrome-plated metal, plastic. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This flashlight, by an unknown manufacturer, is a smooth-bodied variant of the Rayovac Bullet model. Its design reflects the streamlined fashion of its era.
The museum actively collects in the area of personal electronic devices. The collection includes an impressive group of flashlights, many of which were on display in the museum’s exhibition, IDEO Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection. This flashlight is part of a group of electronics proposed for acquisition that would augment the collection's consumer product design category.

This object was donated by Max Pine. It is credited Gift of Max Pine and Lois Mander.

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Streamlined flashlight (maker unknown) Flashlight, 1935; USA; chrome-plated metal, plastic; Gift of Max Pine and Lois Mander; 2008-9-8

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