03/1/14

America’s Largest Furniture Makers

 

Who is America’s largest furniture makers today?  Beats me. When I tried to find the answer, 

many companies claimed this distinction.

 

As I was working on a piece of furniture recently, I found this shipping label on the back.

Ever heard of Showers Brothers Company?

 

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In 1868 William and James Showers bought out their father’s interest in a Bloomington, Indiana

cabinetmaking business for $300. From this humble beginning, the Showers Brothers Company

would grow to the point that in the 1920’s , it produced 60 percent of the furniture manufactured in the U.S.,

claiming distinction as “The World’s Largest Furniture Factory.”

 

After World War Two, when they failed to invest in updated equipment, Showers Brothers Furniture found it difficult

to compete in the new economy. Ultimately, they sold their assets to the Stork Line Furniture Company of Chicago.

Stork Line continued to operate the factory for three years until they closed shop in 1958.

 

An example of Showers Brothers furniture…… beautiful….. not mine sad to say.

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All of the above furniture seems to be in great shape, well taken care of.

My piece of Showers Brothers furniture did no fare so well.

I bought it from an antique shop about 15 years ago. The wood was damaged, so it has become

a hand painted china hutch……. but I still love it.

 

No pictures to show yet of my hand painted Showers Brothers Company china cabinet

……..but coming soon.

 

Picture of some of the workers.  I wonder if they made my cabinet?????

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