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ConferenceMaster

Designer:
Walter Dorwin Teague Associates, Inc., USA  Search this
Manufacturer:
Coherent Communications System Corporation, USA  Search this
Medium:
Molded plastic, metal
Type:
appliances & tools
Decorative Arts
Audio Teleconferencing System
Object Name:
Audio Teleconferencing System
Manufactured in:
Lansdowne, Virginia, USA
Date:
1993
Credit Line:
Gift of Walter Dorwin Teague Associates, Inc.
Accession Number:
1994-49-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© Coherent Communications System Corp.
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4f386a993-56c6-474c-a9a1-1b5b1aef3afd
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1994-49-1

Benjamin H. Stansbury Papers

Donor:
Stansbury, Jacqueline  Search this
Creator:
Stansbury, Benjamin H., 1935-1996  Search this
Names:
Dymo Industries  Search this
Industrial Design Affiliates  Search this
Mattel Toys  Search this
Product Specialists  Search this
Ronco Teleproducts  Search this
Stansbury Company  Search this
Walter Dorwin Teague Associates  Search this
Extent:
5 Cubic feet (15 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Correspondence
Clippings
Memorandums
Manuals
Design drawings
Slides (photographs)
Date:
1955 - 1995
Summary:
The collection documents the inventing and design work of Benjamin Stansbury.
Scope and Contents:
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. The bulk of the material relates to Stansbury's work at the Stansbury Company and the PULSAR electric toothbrush.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into ten series.

Series 1: Personal Materials, 1954-1983

Series 2: Walter Dorwin Teague and Associates Records, 1959-1971

Series 3: Dymo, 1961, 1966

Series 4: Mattel Toymakers, Inc., 1962-1966

Series 5: Product Specialists, 1962-1971

Series 6: Innovation, undated

Series 7: Industrial Design Affiliates, 1964-1973

Series 8: The Stansbury Company, 1966-1994 (bulk 1978-1990)

Series 9: Ronco Teleproducts, Inc., 1978-1980

Series 10: Pulse Innovations, Inc., 1990-1995
Biographical / Historical:
Benjamin H. Stansbury, Jr. (September 26, 1934-March 11, 1996) was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and graduated high school from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (founded in 1883 as an engineering school). He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Architecture, earning a BS in Engineering in 1957. From 1957 to 1961, Stansbury worked for Walter Dorwin Teague Associates in New York as an industrial designer. At Teague, Stansbury worked on a variety of products and missile components. In 1960, he won the Industrial Design Institute Design Award Citation for the Euphorian dental chair (for Ritter Dental). While at Teague, Stansbury met Helen Marie Beheney (December 5, 1935-July 27, 2014) who was a secretary. The couple married in 1961 in California and had two children, Claude and Jacqueline.

Stansbury left New York for Berkeley, California where he joined Dymo Industries, Inc. as Director of New Product Planning from 1961 to 1965. At Dymo, Stansbury crafted a new corporate image and supervised plant and office construction. From 1965 to 1966 he worked for Mattel Toymakers in Hawthorne, California as Director of Corporate Planning and Acquisitions. In 1966, Stansbury, along with John Pylant, formed Product Specialists in Santa Monica. Rudy Hurwich later invested in the company as a three-way partner. Product Specialists focused on product development, manufacturing and marketing. While at Product Specialists, Stansbury developed and built a folding polypropylene boat called the Stowboat (US Patent 4,556,009) available in three sizes (seven, eight and nine feet). His marketing included the phrase, "Let's Go Stowboating!" Stansbury obtained approximately thirty-five patents, many of which were design patents. Almost all of the patents issued to him were assigned to the company who contracted his services. In 1969, Stansbury founded Innovation, a company to take conceptual ideas to the point of commercialization and to then license or sell them.

In 1969, Stansbury was hired by Industrial Design Affiliates (IDA) of Beverly Hills to help turn around the faltering design practice. After years of creative frustration working for someone else, Stansbury left IDA and founded his own design firm, the Stansbury Company, in 1973. Stansbury believed in giving creative people as much freedom as possible and all of his employees were encouraged to be part of the creative process. His company provided full service product development--concept, design, appearance models, engineering development, prototype construction and testing, tool patterns, and pre-production models. A strong emphasis was placed on engineering and manufacturability. Some of the diverse products created included: an exercise bike, roller skates, a smokeless ashtray, a sewage treatment device for boats, cosmetic bottles, surgical rubber gloves, musical toys, a dental chair, packaging (Elvis concert album), and special effects (twenty-four foot alligator) for the film Alligator and miniature sets for the disaster filmMeteor. In 1978, The Stansbury Company was awarded the Western Plastics Art and Design Award for the toy category (sun runner roller skates) and the rotational molding category (La Chair). Some of his clients included: Honda Motor Car, Mansfield Sanitary, Procter and Gamble, Max Factor & Company, Mattel Toys, Schlage Lock, Technicolor, Tomy Toys, Redkin, Jaybee Manufacturing, American Hospital Supply Company and Ronco Teleproducts, Inc.

Stansbury was also a senior consultant to the Bender Corporation, which advised large manufacturing facilities about air quality issues and engineering improvements. He worked with the company on matters related to fluid dynamic modeling and to devise optimal air movements/clearance within a structure.

Stansbury was heavily involved in local politics in Beverly Hills, California. He served as traffic commissioner (1973-1977) and as a planning commissioner (1977-1980). In 1980, Stansbury was elected to the Beverly Hills City Council serving as mayor in 1983 and 1988. After leaving politics, Stansbury continued to invent and in 1992, moved to King City, Ontario, Canada to pursue his invention of the PULSAR Electric Toothbrush (US Patent 5,259,083). The patent was later reissued (RE 35,941) on November 3, 1998. Stansbury was an initial shareholder in Pulse Innovations, Inc., a Canadian corporation formed to develop, market, and license the Pulse toothbrush. The other shareholders in Pulse Innovations included Spark Innovations, Inc. (SPI), a Canadian venture capital incubator and other investors. At SPI, Stansbury was Vice-President of technical services and acted as an engineering consultant and technical advisor on other products under development. In 1995, Procter & Gamble was given an exclusive development option for the Pulse toothbrush, but ultimately Procter & Gamble underwent a restructuring and returned its focus to core products which did not include electric toothbrushes. In 1996, Pulse entered into an agreement with Butler Gum, Canada's largest consumer oral care product company. Stansbury's children, Claude and Jacqueline sold their parents' shares in Pulse Innovations to other shareholders. Stansbury returned to the United States in 1995 and died on March 16, 1996, in Alexandria, Virginia.
Separated Materials:
Artifacts related to the Ronco Egg Scrambler are located in the Division of Work and Industry.

Artifacts related to The Mr. Dentist, Pulse toothbrushes, Hayes School Publishing Co. posters for "Good Manners" (1957) and Safety (1957), a Sesame Street learning kit and parent guides (1970) are located in the Division of Home and Community Life.

A Hayes School Publishing Company poster for "Good Habit Check Charts" (1959) is located in the Division of Medicine and Science.

Materials related to Helen Stansbury's volunteer work for the Democratic Party, especially a George McGovern Handbook, 1972 and Mike Dukakis materials, 1988 are in the Division of Political History.
Provenance:
Collection donated to the Archives Center by Benjamin H. Stansbury's daughter, Jacquelyn Stansbury in 2015.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Toys  Search this
Inventors  Search this
Designers  Search this
Design, Industrial  Search this
Inventions -- 1950-2000 -- United States  Search this
Toothbrushes  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 2000-2010
Correspondence -- 1950-2000
Clippings -- 1950-2000
Memorandums -- 1950-2000
Manuals -- 1950-2000
Design drawings -- 1950-2000
Slides (photographs) -- 1950-2000
Citation:
Benjamin H. Stansbury Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Benjamin H. Stansbury Collection, 1959-1995, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1350
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Benjamin H. Stansbury Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1350

Personal Materials

Collection Donor:
Stansbury, Jacqueline  Search this
Collection Creator:
Stansbury, Benjamin H., 1935-1996  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1954 - 1983
Scope and Contents:
This series consists of personal materials from Benjamin H. Stansbury (1934-1996) and his wife Helen Beheney Stansbury (1936-2014). Materials include biographical sketches, resumes, business cards, photographs, drawings and sketches, and secretarial handbooks. The drawings and sketches, many of which are on presentation boards, were created by Stansbury while a student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Architecture.

Of note are secretarial handbooks and manuals used by Helen Beheney while working at Walter Dorwin Teague Associates as a secretary in the early 1960s. The materials include P.S. for Private Secretaries, published by Prentice-Hall. The publication was directed at secretaries and provided tips on how to make their work more pleasant and efficient. Some of the issues contain advice to secretaries on getting along with others, letter writing, and fashion. Other secretarial handbooks relate to typing.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Benjamin H. Stansbury Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Benjamin H. Stansbury Collection, 1959-1995, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1350, Series 1
See more items in:
Benjamin H. Stansbury Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1350-ref10

Walter Dorwin Teague and Associates Records

Collection Donor:
Stansbury, Jacqueline  Search this
Collection Creator:
Stansbury, Benjamin H., 1935-1996  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1959 - 1971
Scope and Contents:
This series contains materials from Stansbury's employment with Walter Dorwin Teague Associates in New York City. Stansbury worked at Teague from 1957-1961 on a variety of projects and while there won the Industrial Design Institute Design Award Citation for the Euphorian dental chair (for Ritter Dental) in 1960. Materials include sketches and drawings from projects, an award, and a procedural manual and pay day schedule for Walter Dorwin Teague Associates. The Procedural Manual, 1961, provides employees with organizational information and general information about employment issues such as sick leave, time cards, vacations, and travel.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Benjamin H. Stansbury Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Benjamin H. Stansbury Collection, 1959-1995, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1350, Series 2
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Benjamin H. Stansbury Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1350-ref51

Balloons and Airships - Walter Dorwin Teague Associates

Collection Creator::
National Air and Space Museum. Assistant Director for Exhibits  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 16
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 352, National Air and Space Museum. Assistant Director for Exhibits, Exhibition Records
See more items in:
Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Box 9
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0352-refidd1e2432

X Airplanes - Walter Dorwin Teague Associates Inc.

Collection Creator::
National Air and Space Museum. Assistant Director for Exhibits  Search this
Container:
Box 10 of 16
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 352, National Air and Space Museum. Assistant Director for Exhibits, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Box 10
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0352-refidd1e2635

Folder 61 Packaging the New: Design and the American Consumer, 1925-1975, Walter Dorwin Teague Associates

Collection Creator::
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Container:
Box 14 of 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 06-123, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Office of the Registrar, Loan Files (Incoming Loans)
See more items in:
Loan Files (Incoming Loans)
Loan Files (Incoming Loans) / Box 14
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa06-123-refidd1e9694

Design this day : 8 decades of influential design / with foreword by Ross Lovegrove

Title:
Design this day : eight decades of influential design
Author:
Walter Dorwin Teague Associates  Search this
Lovegrove, Ross 1958-  Search this
Walter Dorwin Teague Associates  Search this
Subject:
Walter Dorwin Teague Associates History  Search this
Physical description:
128 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2006
20th century
Topic:
Industrial design--History  Search this
Call number:
NK1412.W35 W35 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1033125

Walter Dorwin Teague Associates, Industrial designers

Author:
Walter Dorwin Teague Associates  Search this
Subject:
Walter Dorwin Teague Associates  Search this
Physical description:
[36] p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1965
[1965?]
Topic:
Industrial design  Search this
Call number:
TS171.6 .W35 1965
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_906828

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