University of Texas at Austin

Richard Garrison (active New York City, 1930s-1960s)
Electrolux vacuum cleaner
Ca. 1934-1935
Gelatin silver print

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Norman Bel Geddes Database

Job 301, Electrolux Vacuum Cleaner, 1934-1935

Summary: With the goal of making the Electrolux vacuum cleaner “as far as possible the complete household servant,” Bel Geddes’s design simplified manufacture, improved suction and cleaning power, which reduced weight and noise, made dust bag removal easier, improved the glide function, and, with the addition of attachments, increased the appliance’s functionality to include, perhaps somewhat improbably, the “washing of rugs, spray painting, de-mothing of fabrics, and hair drying.”

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Box/Location Folder Description
box 16 301.1 Client letter sent Nov1934. "Report on Vacuum Cleaner", 1934. Patent correspondence, patent, 4 photostats of drawings 1934-1935.
flat file 301.1 3 Photographs of drawings.
box 16 301.2 Photograph Record Copy Book captions. Photograph Record Sheets.
photo box 7 301.1 6 Photographs of vacuum cleaner.
negative box 4 301.1 2 Negatives.