Trade Catalog, Electronics, A New Science for a New World, 1942
This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Smithsonian Libraries and Archives as part of Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.
In Herbert Bayer’s promotional brochure for General Electric, a photo-montaged spectrophotometer is juxtaposed with a rainbow-colored diagram that attempts to convey that this mysterious new device measures color by means of spectral reflectance. Spectral reflectance is expressed as a curve representing light wavelengths reflected off an object, recorded as numeric points across the visible spectrum. Spectrophotometers are now common handheld tools essential to any industry requiring color measurement.
It is credited
Smithsonian Libraries, 005041.
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Its dimensions are
H x W (open): 21.1 × 55.9 cm (8 5/16 in. × 22 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.