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Friday, March 26, 2010

SUMMER OUTDOOR FURNITURE 1928 CATALOG

THE BOOK OF LAWN FURNITURE

Over my adulthood life, I have always had an interest in old artifacts, especially those containing the written word. Perhaps twenty years or so ago I picked up this old 36 page catalog that dates from 1928. The distributor of the catalog was Barker Lumber and Fuel Company, located in Plymouth, Wisconsin. The publisher was The Long Bell Lumber Company located in Kansas City, Missouri.

Anyway, at the time, I thought it was a great illustrative catalog that could be of benefit to owners of old homes desiring to replicate the appropriate vintage look around their homes. Recently, I have thought that some of the catalog ideas could be used around heirloom vegetable gardens also.

The catalog was not selling outdoor furniture rather it displayed an item then gave a (sorta) building material list of lumber sizes needed for a woodworking project to complete the item pictured. In 1928 home and local carpenters were more prolific in the local community. This was the days when "industrial already made" outdoor furniture was still in its early stage.

Below is a representative gallery from the seventy-six black and white photos featured in the catalog. I would be glad to provide anyone with a list of building materials from the catalog for any of the items below; just ask for the list in the comment section. They are rather sparse lists.


CIRCULAR TRELLIS ARBOR
sparse material list

A STURDY LAWN CHAIR
sparse material list

LATTICE FENCE
sparse material list

TREATMENT FOR CORNER LOT WITH TRELLIS TRIM AND FENCE
no material list available

FENCE FOR SLOPING GROUND
no material list available

FLOWER BOX
no material list available

LATTICE ADORNED PORCH
sparse material list

TREE SEAT
no material list available

GRAPE TRELLIS
sparse material list

BIRDHOUSE
no materail list available


Perhaps these photos will bring back memories of vintage family photographs taken outside next to a wooden trellis or similar wooden structure. They do for me.

3 comments:

  1. Wow, what a neat find. There are some lovely projects there. My grandfather had a large trellis at the top of his driveway. It was more simple than most of these projects, but these projects remind me of the beautiful red climbing roses that bloomed there all summer.

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  2. barefootheart -- Thanks for the nice comment. Like you I have memories of outdoor structures built by local carpenters or family members. Many trellises along my childhood street were built by the homeowners. Then there was a vintage photo in my mother's scrapbook of her grandmothers lattice enclosed porch at the back of her house. Very similar to the one pictured in my post. -- barbara

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  3. Sue -- Received your comment -- what you suggested will work. When you leave the comment, leave it on my most current post so I can find it easily. -- barbara

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