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John Vassos, case designer, and RCA Manufacturing Company, Incorporated, Portable Phonograph, Model M, ca. 1935. Aluminum, chromium-plated steel, velvet, and plastic. Yale University Art Gallery, John C. Waddell Collection
Sunday, January 8 –  Sunday, March 11, 2012

“American Design from the John C. Waddell Collection”

Location is wheelchair accessible
During the 1930s, American corporations partnered with freelance industrial designers to create eye-catching products that would appeal to Depression-era consumers. These products frequently used innovative materials—like plastic and laboratory glass—and sleek, streamlined shapes that blended functionality with style. Some of the designers worked in relative anonymity while others became well-known advocates for the importance of good design in mass production.

Related Programs:
Wednesday, January 25, 12:15 pm
Gallery Talk – American Design from the John C. Waddell Collection

Thursday, February 23, 5:30 pm
Lecture – Going Modern: American Design in the 1920s

Related Publication:
“A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920–1950”

Contact Information: Yale University Art Gallery,, 203-432-0600

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