The Henry Dreyfuss Desk Telephone stamp from 2011 is a stamp I am not recalling ever seeing when first debuted.
Think of the “Polaroid SX-70 Land camera (1972)”, or Princess and Trimline telephone from years past.
First, this is the 2011 Pioneers of American Design sheet of 12 USPS Forever stamps. Something I have been learning from my stamp club Jimmy, is about the Scott numbering. Here the entire sheet is Scott #4546, whereas the individual stamps from it get an alphabet, as in the Henry Dreyfuss – Desk Telephone Stamp, Scott #4546f.
Henry Dreyfuss Desk Telephone Stamp
“… From the revolutionary development of telephones, to the ever-present round thermostat produced by Honeywell, Dreyfuss had a big influence on American lifestyles.
In 1930, while working for Bell Labs, Dreyfuss designed the Model 302 phone – the now-instantly recognizable black receiver nestled on an angled base. …
Other Dreyfuss innovations include the first upright Hoover vacuum and the first toilet seat shaped to the human body. …”
Furthermore, Wikipedia lists among his designs the “Wahl-Eversharp Skyline fountain pen (1940), and Royal Typewriter Company’s Quiet DeLuxe (late 1940s)”.
Next, I’m including this envelope cachet from First Day of Issue, I love it is available for less than $4 at Mystic Stamp.
Before closing, it is fun seeing among my box of analog items (that do not get thrown out), includes two AT&T Trimline phones. One of them with a 1987 date and both are touch-tone. Somewhere along the way, I bid farewell to my rotary princess from my college dorm days.
See if you don’t have one or two of his designs in your home, and/or garage in a box! It can make for some fun conversation at the next garage sale!
Attribution & Thank you to the following I’m referencing today
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