American Decorative Arts
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Designer: Lurelle Van Arsdale Guild, American, 1898–1985
Manufacturer: Electrolux Corporation, American, founded 1910

Vacuum Cleaner

1937–38 (designed); 1938–54 (manufactured)

Chrome-plated, polished, and enameled steel, cast aluminum, vinyl, and rubber

8 1/2 x 23 x 7 1/4 in. (21.6 x 58.4 x 18.4 cm)
Yale University Art Gallery
Speed and the impact of the Machine Age were a driving impetus for many designers. Lurelle Van Arsdale Guild incorporated these elements of contemporary design into this vacuum cleaner. The primary function of the sleek grillwork was to give the impression of a speedy and efficient product. Shaped like a locomotive, this model of the Electrolux was manufactured from 1937 to 1954.
20th century
Tools and Equipment
Manufactured in Old Greenwich, Connecticut
Designed in New York, New York
On view*

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), 331, no. 230.

John Stuart Gordon, “Lurelle Guild: The Historical Modernist,” Antiques 178, no. 2 (March/April 2011): 123.

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