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American Decorative Arts
Photo credit: Richard P. Goodbody, Inc.
Designer (case): John Vassos, American, born Romania, 1898–1985
Designer (mechanism): Alfred Weiland, American, 1887–1975
Designer (mechanism): Selden T. Williams, American, 1892–1983
Manufacturer: RCA Manufacturing Company, American, founded 1901

Portable Phonograph, RCA Victor Special, Model M

ca. 1935

Aluminum, chromium-plated steel, velvet, and plastic

closed: 8 × 17 1/2 × 17 1/4 in. (20.3 × 44.5 × 43.8 cm)
John C. Waddell Collection, Gift of John C. Waddell, B.A. 1959
Manufactured in Camden, New Jersey
20th century
Musical Instruments

John C. Waddell, New York, to 2010; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


John Stuart Gordon et al., A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920–1950 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2011), 129–30, no. 79.

“Acquisitions,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2011.pdf (accessed March 1, 2012).

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.