The Man Behind the 20th Century Limited Design
Fun History Facts: Henry Dreyfuss
Though many people associate Henry Dreyfuss with the legendary streamlined design of the 20th Century Limited, this pioneering industrial designer had a wide-reaching influence.
His work could be spotted in homes and offices across in the US during the 20th century: the iconic Western Electric Model 500 telephone, the Westclox Big Ben alarm clock, as well as the Honeywell round thermostat, and Royal Typewriter Company’s Quiet DeLuxe.
Dreyfuss began his career as a Broadway theatrical designer, and catapulated to success after he opened his own office in 1929. He developed associations with well-known companies, including John Deere, Polaroid, and American Airlines.