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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Arcade Laundry Room

Arcade made cardboard rooms for each of the sets of furniture. My family surprised me with the complete Arcade laundry room pieces for Father's Day this year, so I have been working on creating a room to display them in. I bid on an authentic cardboard room a few months ago, but the price soared far above what I could pay. I was able to snap some pictures and create a reproduction of the room myself. Hopefully this didn't break any copyright laws!  The cardboard rooms were produced between 1925 - 1936.  I used foam core instead of cardboard.

I was amused at the details in the room.  Even though it was just a cardboard lighograph, ( 4 color) it has items like electrical outlets at each corner above the base board, a water heater, wall sconces, windows with with curtains and crown molding.  I also like the random pattern of the tile floor.  The detail on the door with the cottage-like hinges are pretty interesting too. 

 The Thor washing machine has a wringer that swivels, and a nickel plated agitator inside.  The double boiler has 2 burners on top and a giant cast iron pot.

The double laundry sink has "Standard" logos on each side. 

The ironer or "mangle" has a large nickel plated press on a spring and a white wooden dowel that spins.  It also has a "Thor" label on the front ( and the Arcade sticker on the back)  You can see the stand for the laundry sink from the side.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Take A Seat

 Over the years I have picked up a Willitt's resin chair here and there. I snagged a couple more at an estate sale last week and realized that I have acquired quite a few!

I like this one because it reminds me of our family trip to the Biltmore Estate a few years ago!  It is a copy of Mr Vanderbilt's Chair from his bedroom and the original dates from 1885.
 This chair is also from the Biltmore Estate, it is located in the Billiard Room and also dates from 1895.  It was a reproduction of a 17th-century chair.
 This one is a model of an Adirondack chair from the 1940's
 This one is called "Red Heart" and is a reproduction of the contemporary chair from 1999.
 This model is of a mission style rocker from 1908.
 This chair is called Form & Function and is from 1999.
 This purple chair looks pretty modern, but is actually based on a design from 1944.
  This chair, although called Mexican Leather, reminds me of an old Egyptian chair located in the museum in my boyhood town of Ely Nevada.

more to come!