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Doodles, Drafts, and Designs: Industrial Drawings from the Smithsonian  
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Introduction
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Credits

CURATOR'S CHOICE

I particularly like these drawings: they might be attractive, tell a good story, or make a good historical point. Some are liked because of how they were collected, how they came to be at the Smithsonian.

-Steve Lubar

Displaying 1 to 20 of 20 Matches

125,000-HP hydraulic scheme for Niagara Falls, 1890
Faesch & Piccard, Geneva, Switzerland
ink and watercolor on paper

1500-kW steam turbine alternator for Hartford Electric Light Co., 1899
Westinghouse Machine Co., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
ink on paper

Brown Instrument Company, Brown Pyrometers
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, about 1924

Crayola CTM test, probably 1970s
Binney & Smith Inc., Easton, Pennsylvania
crayon on paper

Crayola raw materials tests data sheet, probably 1970s
Binney & Smith Inc., Easton, Pennsylvania
crayon on paper

Ericsson LM, Can Efficiency be Measured?
Stockholm, Sweden, 1946

"For sale, junk," 1923
serigraph on paper

“Labor Day: all who work seriously celebrate Labor Day,” 1923
serigraph on paper

Notebook, probably 1870s
Frank P. Sheldon, Providence, Rhode Island

“On production it’s smart to dress the part, like this, not this,” 1940s
Pratt, Read and Company, Deep River, Connecticut
colored pencil on paper

Pattern pieces for pigeon vest (center), 1944
Maidenform Co., New York, New York
printed ink on resin-impregnated cardboard

Pattern pieces for pigeon vest (lining), 1944
Maidenform Co., New York, New York
printed ink on resin-impregnated cardboard

Pattern pieces for pigeon vest (wing), 1944
Maidenform Co., New York, New York
printed ink on resin-impregnated cardboard

Proposed elevation for Grand Central Terminal Station, Vanderbilt Avenue, 1905
ink and watercolor on linen

Resister, 1996
Felix Zandman, Malvern, Pennsylvania
ballpoint pen on paper napkin

Shop drawing cards, 1857
Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
ink on board

Shop drawing cards, 1860
Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
ink on board

"Spoiled work hurts everybody," 1923
serigraph on paper

The Super-Elto
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1927

Watch assembly, 1922
Hamilton Watch Company, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
ink on linen