Marshall Johnson collection of trade literature and ephemera, 1922-2003 (bulk, 1972-2000).


Marshall Johnson collection of trade literature and ephemera, 1922-2003 (bulk, 1972-2000).

Record Group I of the Marshall Johnson Collection consists of three linear feet of textual materials collected by Johnson during his time with Wear-Ever/Proctor-Silex. It includes product catalogs, news clippings and advertisements, with a small amount of manuscript material. The date span is primarily from the 1980s to 2000, but does include some product ads from the 1950s thru the 1970s and some earlier Wear-Ever catalogs from the 1920s and 1930s. The materials are about equally divided between the traditional cookware lines and the small appliances that are known in the trade as "kitchen electrics." Product information sheets, used by salesmen to entice customers into purchasing such consumer icons as the "Super Shooter", the "Mary Proctor Toaster," "Wear-Ever Aluminum Non-Stick Cookware," and "PopcornPumper," contain product specifications, and list country of manufacture. Use and Care booklets, along with cookbooks written for use with specific products were a bonus for the middle class, Cold War era consumer. Johnson's work with fellow designer and handle expert Thomas Lamb is represented by copies of Lamb's patents for handles (1945 to 1964), as well as information regarding the Thomas Lamb Scholarship. Many samples from label company Topflight can be found in the collection since they were making the product labels for Proctor-Silex and Hamilton Beach. Marshall Johnson's performance objectives and company reports will give researchers a look at what was expected of an industrial designer in addition to creative thinking and drawing.

3 linear ft.

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Johnson, Marshall D. (person)

Johnson, Marshall, 1938- , collector. (person)

Marshall B. Johnson was born on December 5, 1938 in Mineola, Long Island, New York. Graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1960 he went to work for seven years at Black and Decker. In 1967, Johnson moved to Pittsburgh to join Alcoa. He was transferred to the Wear-Ever cookware division in Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1971. While there he designed small electrical appliances. He also designed cutlery for the Alcas/Cutco division in Olean, New York. Johnson learned about the hu...

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Lamb, Thomas, 1896-1988. (person)

Thomas Lamb was a industrial designer most noted for his design of physiologically efficient handles. Thomas Lamb was born in New York City on September 18, 1896. From an early age he was interested in anatomy and physiology. His ambition was to become a doctor, but family financial difficulties forced him to drop out of high school. At the age of fourteen, Lamb began working afternoons in a textile design shop, and in the evenings he studied at the Art Students League w...

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