Stansbury was an inventor and industrial designer. He attended Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Architecture, graduating in 1957 with a Bachelor's in Engineering. He started his career with Walter Dorwin Teague Associates in New York. He worked on missile components and other products, and won a National Gold Medal for Design for a dental chair in 1960. He relocated to California where he joined Dymo Industries from 1961-1965, then joined Mattel Toys, and from 1966-1969, for Product Specialists in Santa Monica. During his time with Product Specialists he developed his invention, the Stowboat. In 1969 he was hired by Industrial Design Affiliates of Beverly Hills. He left IDA and founded his own design firm, the Stansbury Company, in 1973, which developed products for numerous clients. He designed products for Ron Popiel, the pitchman for Ronco Teleproducts, Inc. After several years in local politics, including mayor of Beverly Hills during the 1980s, he moved to Canada and devoted himself to his invention, the PULSAR Electric Toothbrush. In the 1990s, he worked on Snorkel Bob, a snorkel developed by Robert Winter, in Hawaii.
The collection documents the inventing and design work of Benjamin Stansbury. It contains correspondence; photographs and slides; memoranda, manuals and other internal company documents; design drawings; clippings; and trade literature.
Benjamin H. Stansbury Collection, 1959-1995, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
2025.3060 (NMAH Acc.)
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