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Toaster

Designer:
Henry Dreyfuss (American, New York 1904–1972 South Pasedena, California)
Manufacturer:
Birtman Electric Co. (Chicago, Illinois)
Date:
1932
Medium:
Chrome-plated metal, plastic, glass
Dimensions:
H. 8-1/4, W. 7-7/8, D. 4-5/8 inches (21.0 x 20.0 x 11.7 cm.)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
John C. Waddell Collection, Gift of John C. Waddell, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.600.5
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 912
Marking: Molded in relief (bottom): BIRTMAN / VISIBLE TOASTER [within rectangle]; MODEL T 34 N / VOLTS 110-220 WATTS 660 / BIRTMAN ELECTRIC COMPANY / CHICAGO, ILL. [within oval]; PATENTS PENDING [within rectangle]; STYLE DESIGNED BY / Henry Dreyfuss [facsimile signature, within rectangle]
John C. Waddell, New York (by 1999–2000; his gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," May 16, 2000–January 7, extended to February 4, 2001, unnumbered cat. (p. 153; as "Electric Toaster," lent by John C. Waddell, Promised Gift of John C. Waddell).

Newport Beach, Calif. Orange County Museum of Art. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," May 25–August 19, 2001, unnumbered cat.

Flint, Mich. Flint Institute of Arts. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," September 14–December 16, 2001, unnumbered cat.

Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," January 11–April 7, 2002, unnumbered cat.

Charlotte, N. C. Mint Museum of Craft and Design. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," May 3–July 28, 2002, unnumbered cat.

Tulsa, Okla. Philbrook Museum of Art. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," August 23–November 17, 2002, unnumbered cat.

Russell Flinchum. Henry Dreyfuss, Industrial Designer: The Man in the Brown Suit. New York, 1997, pp. 50, 112, ill. (color; unknown collection).

J. Stewart Johnson. American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2000, pp. 146, 169, ill. p. 153 (color).

Jeffrey L. Meikle. Twentieth Century Limited: Industrial Design in America, 1925–1939. 2nd rev. ed. (1st ed., 1979). Philadelphia, 2001, p. 74, fig. 49 (reprinted from "Modern Plastics Magazine," 1933).



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