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Richard Garrison (active New York City, 1930s-1960s)
Oriole Stove for the Standard Gas Equipment Corporation
Ca. 1932
Gelatin silver print

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Norman Bel Geddes Database

Job 267, Standard Gas Equipment Stove, 1930-1934

Summary: In many ways, Bel Geddes’s Oriole stove for the Standard Gas Equipment
Company set the template for today’s modern kitchen appliance. His design introduced lightweight enameled sheet metal panels attached to a metal frame, replacing the typical cast-iron body. A solid base was used instead of open legs, eliminating the necessity of cleaning underneath. There were insulated Bakelite handles and an automatic shut-off to the gas-cocks, which was activated when the lid was closed.


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Box/Location Folder Description
box 13 267.1 Contract Dec1930. Correspondence 1932-1933.
box 13 267.2 Legal --- Design patent correspondence, petition, drawings 1932-1933.
oversize box 7 267.1 Legal --- Patent drawing detail.
flat file 267.1 Original working drawing and photostat of stove vertical section.
box 13 267.3 Photograph Record Copy Book.
photo box 5 267.1 23 Photographs of renderings, drawings, sketch, diagrammatic model, stoves.
box 13 267.4 Photograph captions.
box 14 267.5 Negative envelope with notes.
negative box 3 267.1-2 27 Negatives (10 damaged).
photo box 5 267.2 48 Photographs of sketch, renderings, NBG models, existing product, publicity pasteup.
box 14 267.6 Research --- Survey forms for dealers & users. Survey cost summary 1931.
box 14 267.7 Publicity --- "The Story of a Stove" [Fortune 1933 script?]. Case history 1946.
box 14 267.8 Publicity --- Brochure, "The New Acorn Gas Range"; Horizons offprint; clippings, 1933-1934.
oversize box 7 267.2 Publicity --- Promotional flyer for the Modern SGE Gas Range; photostat of published "Story of a Stove" article.
flat file 267.2 Publicity --- Clipping 1933.

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