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Souvenir piece of the original "Big Chair"

view Souvenir piece of the original "Big Chair" digital asset number 1
Medium:
mahogany wood, metal, and felt.
National Origin:
American
Type:
Souvenir
Date:
1959
Description:
The big chair on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and V Street S.E., in downtown Anacostia, Washington DC, was built for Curtis Brothers Furniture Company as a promotional scheme in 1959.
In August 1960, Lynn Arnold lived in a glass house, on top of the big chair for forty-seven days, to advertise for the furniture store.
On April 25th, 2006, Curtis Brothers Furniture Company installed an exact replica of the original chair, made from 2500 pounds of aluminum. This wooden cube is a commemorative souvenir piece of the original "Big Chair," given out at the celebration that day.
Accession Number:
2006.0007.0001
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Zora Martin-Felton Collection
Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum

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