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Norman Bel Geddes (American, 1893-1958)
Patent drawing for Refrigerator Cabinet
June 4, 1935

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Job 300, Electrolux Servel Refrigerator, 1934-1955

Summary: Bel Geddes designed a refrigerator for Electrolux, Inc. Promotional copy highlighted the Geddes firm’s design as “the result of a concentrated and extensive study of the whole refrigerator problem and ... a striving toward perfection for use. The beauty resulting from simplicity, good proportions, and fine finish was, of course, consciously attained—but not at the expense of any functional requirement nor by the application of any extraneous ornamentation. The door, carried on concealed hinges, closes flush with the exterior cabinet surface ... and the circular gray and white name plate, which releases the door catch when pushed by hand or elbow, relieve the plainness (yet somehow not the severity) of this modern kitchen accessory.”


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Box/Location Folder Description
box 16 300.1 7 Preliminary sketches 1934. Patent correspondence, 19 photostats of patent drawings, 2 patents 1935-1938. Clipping.
oversize box 7 300.1 Clipping 1955.
box 16 300.2 Photograph caption.
photo box 7 300.1 3 Photographs of refrigerator.
negative box 4 300.1a 15 Negatives (1 damaged) of Electrolux and of existing product.
negative box 42 300.1b 15 Negatives (continued). [nitrate]

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