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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Standard Upholstery: 1926

Standard Upholstery: 1926

Washington, D.C. "Industrial exposition, 1926. Standard Upholstery Co." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Decorating trend

I have never seen that style of upholstering before, with the tops of the cushions a lively print and the rest of the couch solid velvet. It looks untidy now, but it may have been more practical in the days before sturdy synthetic fibers to have the sitting surface made from a more durable fabric than velvet.

Sufficient unto the day

Is the stuffing thereof. Who, exactly, determines that furniture is over stuffed, as opposed to "sufficiently stuffed" or even "scantily stuffed?" Probably once a term of art in the upholstery trade, appropriated for vulgar use much in the way that the rubrics "stainless steel appliances," "granite countertops," and "open concept" have become indispensable narrative terms without which no home improvement TV show can long survive.

[The term "overstuffed" simply refers to furniture in which the frame is completely covered with padding and fabric, as opposed to, for example, an armchair with upholstered seat and back, but with wooden arms and/or legs. -tterrace]

And now I know!

Dome Fuel truck ID

White

Furniture of a Better Kind


Washington Post, February 25, 1926.

Exposition to Show Big Range of Products

Washington-made products, ranging from candy to motor trucks, will be on exhibition at the second annual industrial exposition of the Washington Chamber of Commerce, to be held in the Washington Auditorium, March 4 to 13.

“The exposition is planned to give Washingtonians further reasons for civic pride,” Martin A Leese, president, said yesterday. “It should surprise any resident of this community who visits the exposition to see the number of food products, household appliances, wearing apparel and office fixtures which are made in this city.”


Washington Post, January 21, 1924.

Standard Upholstery Store
2810-12 14th St.
“Furniture of a Better Kind”

Overstuffed Furniture, Made to Order, 3-Piece Suite $125 up.
Furniture reupholstered and repaired. Draperies and Interior Decorating.

Asis

Reminds me of second-hand stores of the 1950s. I can almost smell the mildew - wait, maybe that's coming from the negative.

 
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