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.
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.
Grace Jeffers Collection of Formica Materials, 1913-2003, Archives Center, National Museum of American History