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Print, Ugly Duckling of the Office

This is a Print. It was designed by Herbert Bayer and made for (as the client) Container Corporation of America. It is dated 1939 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is offset lithograph on glossy white paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

It is credited Museum purchase with funding provided by the Buddy Taub Foundation, Dennis A. Roach and Jill Roach Directors.

Its dimensions are

36.3 × 27 cm (14 5/16 × 10 5/8 in.)

It is signed

Printed in black ink, lower right: herbert bayer 39

It is inscribed

Inscribed in orange color pencil, across the bottom: [?] M – 11 3/8 × 14 7/8 – Glass size – 18 5/8 × 22 3/8; Printed in black ink, along the top: Fortune . . One page . . May, 1939 . Circulation 138,602 / Time . . . One page . May 8, 1939 . Circulation 766,445

Cite this object as

Print, Ugly Duckling of the Office; Designed by Herbert Bayer (American, b. Austria, active Germany and USA, 1900–1985); offset lithograph on glossy white paper; 36.3 × 27 cm (14 5/16 × 10 5/8 in.); Museum purchase with funding provided by the Buddy Taub Foundation, Dennis A. Roach and Jill Roach Directors; 2016-54-50

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