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Grace Jeffers Collection of Formica Materials, 1913-2003

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Creator:
Formica Corporation
Collector:
Grant-Lewin, Susan
Jeffers, Grace
Subject:
Faber, Herbert A
O'Conor, Daniel J
Loewy, Raymond
Stevens, Brooks
Physical description:
11.5 cu. ft.: 15 document boxes; 12 flat boxes; 1 flat box, 10 oversize folders
Type:
Advertisements
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Correspondence
Samples
Blueprints
Catalogs
Posters
Videotapes
Newsletters
Scripts (documents)
Exhibition catalogs
Brochures
Place:
United States
Date:
1913
1913-2003
1920-2000
20th Century
20th century
Notes:
The Formica Insulating Company was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Mar. 2, 1913 by Herbert A. Faber and Daniel J. O'Conor. Initially, the company made insulation parts for motors; but in 1927 was granted a patent for the production of decorative laminates. Fueled in part by the post-World War II building boom and society's growing decorative needs, Formica became the leading producer of decorative laminates in the 1950s-1960s. Over the next thirty years, Formica Corporation expanded its product line to serve the needs of interior designers and artists with the introduction of solid surfacing material.
Summary:
Records relating to the history of the Formica Corporation and the use of Formica brand plastic laminate, including photographs, informational brochures and videotapes documenting production, installation, and use of Formica; correspondence, exhibition catalogs and posters highlighting Formica-sponsored traveling exhibits; published histories, trademark material, newsletters and company magazines; promotional material, including scripts for television commercials, advertisements, mailing lists, and press releases; trade literature includes product catalogs and samples.
Cite as:
Grace Jeffers Collection of Formica Materials, 1913-2003, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Plastics industry and trade
Housewives as consumers
Laminated plastics
Plastic jewelry
Plastics
Plastics as art material
Plastics in interior design
Women in advertising
Women in popular culture
Advertising--plastic industry
Electronic insulators and insulation--plastics
Exhibitions
House furnishings
Inventions
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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