CHAIRS OF THE 1940s and 1950s

From the Armstrong Linoleum scrapbook that has occupied my last two posts, there are so many details that one could concentrate upon.  Having sooooo many chairs and loveseats, gliders and lawn chairs around here, I even had to refuse a fine offer from one of my high school peeps after she read the last post.   Space is tough when you collect chairs, and even tougher when you collect old dinette sets, which I do.

The chairs in this scrapbook are wonderful.


We have six chairs in pink that look much like the chairs here at the card table.  I bought them for five bucks each at the local flea market, and was told they came from an old restaurant.  Their “hides” are textural plastic, soft not brittle.  FYI the photos in this scrapbook are colorized, so they do not photograph distinctly.

1-second chair

Actually, ours are more stylish than the ones pictured because of the single element supporting the back, but both examples feature backs that wrap around the body.  Ours are bent wood examples, so are the lino chairs, but to a lesser degree.  The cutout areas in our chairs are so nice.

1-kitchen window

This colorized kitchen photographed pretty well.  Red lines are the unifying characteristic here, and the black walls in the back of the room add mass with all the windows in use.  The Armstrong Linoleum floor is constructed: a red line divides two different patterns being used, which in turn define the different work and eating areas.    As with other photos in my little scrapbook, there is a surreal sense to the outside landscape.  These advertisements, created during WWII, provide a sense of harmony and peace which was the exact opposite of the conflict between the Allies and the Axis powers.

We have four chairs that are similar to the red kitchen chairs pictured above.  They came from Habitat for Humanity in Raleigh NC years ago.  They have a body hugging wooden back supported by two elements  from the black leather seat.  It is the biggest chair below.

1-many chairs

Behind this chair is the red kitchen chair from the previous post.  Behind that are two totally aluminum chairs from WW II.  These have an interesting story:  they are very light since they are aluminum and therefore they were made to use in submarines.

Their brand is Emeco.  They are called Emeco Navy Chairs.  Just looked up their price, 455.00 apiece.


1-set of emeco chairs

Looking at this group in the studio, there is one aluminum chair with padding, probably for a higher officer.

1-captain's chari

Paid a dollar for this chair at a garage sale.


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