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Slumberon: 1941

Slumberon: 1941

July 1941. "Detroit, Michigan. Selling mattresses at the Crowley-Milner department store." More like deFARKment store. Medium-format nitrate negative by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. View full size.


Early American

I think that's what the furniture style is called. I had just such a bed in 1941, when I was 10.

Mr. Lambert

"But you put a bucket over your head last time I said mattress..."

Tongue in Cheek

"Is your product used by one sex over another." Quote taken from an old "Pardon my Blooper" record back in the '60's.

Looks Familiar

I think I sill have that rig on my bed. I never have been able to figure out what my sleep number is though.

Sales pitch

"And for newlyweds, we offer these heavy-duty shock absorbers."

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