Item 2004.22.4254.7 - Fireplug Project. Captain Klafta of the Los Angeles Fire Department inspecting the models of fire hydrants along with Theodore Youngkin and the students who designed the hydrants.

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31-RG 31.02-2004.22.4254-2004.22.4254.7

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Fireplug Project. Captain Klafta of the Los Angeles Fire Department inspecting the models of fire hydrants along with Theodore Youngkin and the students who designed the hydrants.

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  • 1970 (Creation)

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Print, Photographic, b&w, 8" x 10" (2)

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Copyright held by Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, Calif.)

Digital materials and catalog records are made available for educational and research purposes only and cannot be reproduced, distributed, or published without written permission from Art Center College of Design.

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From At Art Center, v. 1, n. 1, in The Horizon Line section: Improved Design for Fire Hydrants The display of model fire hydrants was a major attraction in Art Center's gallery this spring. As if to prove that everyday products - so familiar as to go unnoticed - can be designed better, Ted Youngkin, industrial design instructor, assigned the hydrant redesign project to third-term students in his Product II class. They were asked to improve the appearance of the conventional fire hydrant without doing any research on the limitations that might be imposed by local fire departments. On February 19, Captain Norbert S. Klafta, Los Angeles Fire Department's hydrant expert, was invited to the college to criticize the models. He found the product of student designers John Vernon and Clark Valentine attractively designed and sufficiently similar mechanically to those now in use across the U.S. to be a practical replacement. Klafta remarked that there was much to like and admire in all of the designs, but that his final choice was the one most adaptable for use with existing facilities.

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