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Photograph, Model II Picturephone®, ca. 1965

This is a Photograph. It was designed by Henry Dreyfuss. It is dated ca. 1965 and we acquired it in 1972. It is a part of the Archives department.

The AT&T Picturephone is a classic example of Henry Dreyfuss’s streamlined style. It debuted at the 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair, touted as the future of communicaton. The Model II integrated new features: it was not only an early video calling mechanism, but could also be hooked up to a computer mainframe to share data in what might have been an early step toward the Internet—had it not been such a catastrophic commercial failure.

This object was donated by Henry Dreyfuss.

  • Model 302 Telephone, ca. 1937
  • cast and enamel-coated metal, steel, printed paper, rubber-sheathed cord.
  • Museum purchase from the Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.
  • 1994-73-2

Its dimensions are

H x W: 25.4 × 20.3 cm (10 × 8 in.)

Cite this object as

Photograph, Model II Picturephone®, ca. 1965; Designed by Henry Dreyfuss (American, 1904–1972); H x W: 25.4 × 20.3 cm (10 × 8 in.); 1972-88-222

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