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Brother Matthew Preaching

Artist:
Meyer Wolfe, born Louisville, KY 1897-died Nashville, TN 1985  Search this
Sitter:
Brother Matthew  Search this
Medium:
lithograph on paper
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Ethnic\African-American  Search this
Object\furniture\chair  Search this
Architecture Interior\religious\church  Search this
Recreation\church  Search this
Portrait male  Search this
Object number:
1982.71.2
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1982.71.2

Matthew Calbraith Perry

Artist:
Sarony Lithography Company, active 1853 - 1857  Search this
Copy after:
Philip Haas, c. 1809 - ?  Search this
Sitter:
Matthew Calbraith Perry, 10 Apr 1794 - 4 Mar 1858  Search this
Medium:
Lithograph with tintstone on paper
Dimensions:
31.5cm x 21.9cm (12 3/8" x 8 5/8"), Image
Type:
Print
Date:
c. 1853-1855
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Weapon\Sword  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Glove  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Epaulet  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Scabbard  Search this
Matthew Calbraith Perry: Male  Search this
Matthew Calbraith Perry: Politics and Government\Diplomat  Search this
Matthew Calbraith Perry: Military\Navy\Officer\Commodore  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.76.50
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.76.50

Matthews Brothers Propeller, fixed-pitch, two-blade, wood

Manufacturer:
Matthews Brothers Mfg. Co.  Search this
Materials:
Walnut, Brass, Doped fabric, Original Varnish, Museum Varnish, Paper
Dimensions:
3-D: 22.7kg (50lb.)
Type:
PROPULSION-Propellers & Impellers
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Gift of Commander Felix B. Stump
Inventory Number:
A19400024000
Restrictions & Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19400024000
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Matthew Fontaine Maury

Artist:
Mathew B. Brady, 1823? - 15 Jan 1896  Search this
Studio:
E. & H. T. Anthony & Company, active 1852 - 1901  Search this
Sitter:
Matthew Fontaine Maury, 14 Jan 1806 - 1 Feb 1873  Search this
Medium:
Albumen silver print
Dimensions:
8.5cm x 5.3cm (3 3/8" x 2 1/16"), Image
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1860
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie  Search this
Interior\Studio\Photography  Search this
Matthew Fontaine Maury: Male  Search this
Matthew Fontaine Maury: Literature\Writer  Search this
Matthew Fontaine Maury: Military\Navy\Officer  Search this
Matthew Fontaine Maury: Education\Educator\Professor\College  Search this
Matthew Fontaine Maury: Science and Technology\Scientist\Earth Scientist\Oceanographer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.80.122
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.80.122

American Furniture Industries Survey Collection

Creator:
Woodward, Inc.  Search this
Vaughan Furniture Co., The.  Search this
Steelcase, Inc.  Search this
Lane Company, The.  Search this
Kessler Industries, Inc.  Search this
Jasper Cabinet Co.  Search this
Howland, Richard H., Dr. (special assistant to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1978-1979))  Search this
Hooker Furniture Corp.  Search this
Furniture World.  Search this
American Heirloom Galleries.  Search this
Drexel Heritage Furnishings  Search this
Broyhill Industries.  Search this
Century Furniture Co., Inc.  Search this
Bass Brothers Furniture Co.  Search this
Source:
Domestic Life, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Former owner:
Domestic Life, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Extent:
4 Cubic Feet (10 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Schedules
Sales catalogs
Date:
1977-1980
Scope and Contents note:
The collection consists of the raw materials (completed schedules and catalogues) for a survey of material of historical interest and importance associated with American furniture manufacturers. There is a folder for each of the approximately 210 furniture manufacturing companies asked to participate in the survey, filed alphabetically by company.

Nearly all of the material has been kept in the original folders (not acid free) which are filed alphabetically by company. It is in excellent condition (1988) but should be transferred to acid free folders if a decision to keep it indefinitely is made).
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged alphabetically by company name.
Biographical/Historical note:
This collection constitutes the raw materials from an attempt to survey the archival holdings of American furniture manufacturers which was undertaken by the office of Dr. Richard H. Howland, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in 1978-1979. The survey was intended as a preliminary study of industry owned collections and the possibility of a repository for such material. A letter and schedule were sent to approximately 210 furniture companies in the summer of 1979. In some instances follow up letters were sent in the fall. Each company was asked to complete a single page schedule and to send a catalogue if available.

Of the approximately 210 companies which received schedules, over 100 companies failed to respond. Forty five schedules were returned and more then 60 companies provided catalogues. Several companies sent brochures, pamphlets or annual reports in addition to or in lieu of catalogues. A few folders contain correspondence relating to prospective visits by the project director, or to preliminary plans for the survey.

The material received was not analyzed and no formal report was written. Funding did not materialize and the project was discontinued.

David A. Hanks, who worked on various projects under Dr. Howland's sponsorship before moving to New York in 1979 and Mrs. Johanna Rieg, a volunteer, worked on the project.

Page 5 of David Hanks paper before the Decorative Arts Archives Conference held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on October 21, 1979 refers to a report by Mrs. Rieg on the initial findings of the survey. A telephone conversation with Mrs. Rieg March 2, 1988 indicated that her statement was an informal one not a written paper. At that time the project was not far enough along for any significant data to be available.
Provenance:
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use.
Topic:
Furniture industry and trade  Search this
advertising  Search this
Business -- History  Search this
Genre/Form:
Schedules
Sales catalogs
Citation:
American Furniture Industries Survey Collection, 1978-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0286
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American Furniture Industries Survey Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0286

Foster Brothers records

Creator:
Foster Brothers (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Names:
Foster, John Roy, 1863-1931  Search this
Foster, Stephen Bartlett, 1856-1932  Search this
Osborne, Helen Foster  Search this
Osborne, S. W.  Search this
Richter, C. F.  Search this
Extent:
12.5 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Stencils
Photographs
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Works of art
Date:
1875-1973
bulk 1893-1942
Summary:
The records of Boston picture frame company Foster Brothers measure 12.5 linear feet and date from 1875-1973 with the bulk of the material falling between 1893 and 1942. Correspondence, stock records, financial records, writings, miscellaneous business records, printed material, scrapbooks, and photographs document the history of this company that operated a factory, retail store, and wholesale and mail order businesses between 1893 and 1942. A small number of family papers are included, with items pre-dating and post-dating the business.
Scope and Content Note:
The records of the Boston picture frame company Foster Brothers measure 12.5 linear feet and date from 1875 to 1973 with the bulk of the material falling between 1893 and 1942. Correspondence, stock records, financial records, writings, miscellaneous business records, printed material, scrapbooks, and photographs document the history of the picture frame company that operated a factory, retail store, and wholesale and mail order businesses between 1893 and 1942. A small number of family papers are included, including items from periods when Foster Brothers was not in business. Scattered throughout the collection are small slips of papers with explanatory notes and background information supplied by the donor, Helen Foster Osborne.

Correspondence mostly concerns routine business with suppliers, distributors, and wholesale and retail customers and is relatively sparse for 1897-1941. Foster Brothers' last year in business, 1942, is well documented and includes letters from S. W. Osborne (Margaret Foster's husband) written while traveling to meet with wholesale clients in cities throughout the Northeast and Midwest.

Stock records include stock cards, inventory records and price lists. Also found are a large number of paper stencils that were used to transfer carving designs to frames, and extensive drawings of frames and moldings including finished, colored drawings by master craftsman C. F. Richter.

Financial records consist mainly of routine accounting records, but also include annual financial reports, orders, and sales records. Among the writings and lists are an unsigned article concerning Foster Brothers' craftsmen and their early use of machinery. Notes include material for a history of mirrors by Helen J. Foster, and "The Art of Framing" by John R. Foster.

The majority of printed material relates to advertising and consists of catalogs and brochures about frames, mirrors, and published reproductions. Eight volumes of scrapbooks also contain printed material consisting of advertising, brochures and catalogs, form letters, and reproductions of miniatures and silhouettes published by Foster Brothers.

Family papers consist of a small number of personal papers of the founders, John Roy and Stephen Bartlett Foster, and also of Helen Foster Osborne (John's daughter). They include Foster Oborne's 1973 reminiscence of having her portrait painted by William Paxton in 1923, John R. Foster's personal account book and Foster Osborne's correspondence with Ernest Donnelley concerning the sale of printing plates and dies from the miniature reproduction business.

Photographs are of founders John Roy and Stephen Bartlett Foster, some of their employees, and early pictures of the first Foster Brothers frame factory on Cambridge Street.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1897-1942 (Box 1; 1.0 linear feet)

Series 2: Stock Records, 1905-1942 (Boxes 2-6, 11, OVs 23-24, BVs 13-15; 6.2 linear feet)

Series 3: Financial Records, 1892-1959 (Boxes 7-9; BVs 16-19; 3.3 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings and Lists, 1920s-circa 1942 (Box 9; 0.25 linear feet)

Series 5: Miscellaneous Business Records, 1898-1939 (Box 10; 7 folders)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1893-1947 (Box 10, OV 25; 0.25 linear feet)

Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1906-1942 (Boxes 10, 12, BVs 20-22; 1.3 linear feet)

Series 8: Family Papers, 1875-1973 (Box 10; 6 folders

Series 9: Photographs, circa 1880s-1918 (Box 10; 5 folders)
Biographical/Historical note:
Established by Stephen Bartlett Foster (1856-1932) and John Roy Foster (1863-1931), Foster Brothers opened in 1893 at 164 Boylston Street, Boston. By 1896, Foster Brothers had moved to 3 Park Square, just around the corner from its first location. Eventually, the business relocated to 4 Park Square, where it stayed for the remainder of its existence. The original Foster Brothers factory was housed in the old Parkman's Market building on Cambridge Street in Boston. In 1918, the Fosters built a new factory in Arlington, the suburb in which the brothers lived.

Foster Brothers was known for high quality frames that featured expert carving and gilding by fine craftsmen, consistent with the esthetic and philosophy of the Arts and Crafts movement of the time. Their frames that incorporated elements of early Dutch frames especially appealed to Boston School artists such as Edmund Tarbell and William MacGregor Paxton. Custom orders were welcomed from museums, galleries, collectors, and artists. In the 1890s, Foster Brothers operated a small gallery that featured watercolors and sketches by local artists; sporadic exhibitions continued throughout the 1930s. Early business cards and advertisements indicate that the company sold "wedding presents, etchings, engravings, water colors and picture frames." Among its best selling merchandise were mirrors in a wide variety of styles. As early as 1898, Foster Brothers began to copyright and publish reproductions of paintings, drawings, silhouettes, and miniatures. These were framed in sets and sold by Foster Brothers in its retail shop and by mail order; in addition, they were distributed through department stores, furniture stores, gift shops, and interior decorators.

John Roy Foster was in charge of promotion and merchandising, designing the retail line, and managing the company's wholesale and mail order businesses. Stephen Bartlett Foster managed the factory and oversaw all aspects of the manufacturing. Helen J. Foster, John's daughter, studied art at Smith College and by the late 1920s was a successful manager and saleswoman in the retail store. The Depression brought a sharp decline in sales. After the deaths of John and Stephen Foster, Helen and her husband, Shattuck Osborne, owned and managed Foster Brothers for another decade. Although the business closed in 1942, Foster Brothers frames continue to command high prices and are highly prized and sought after today.
Provenance:
Helen Foster Osborne, daughter of John R. Foster, donated the Foster Brothers records to the Archives in four installments between 1973 and 1976.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Foster Brothers records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Picture frames and framing  Search this
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Picture frame industry -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Genre/Form:
Stencils
Photographs
Drawings
Scrapbooks
Works of art
Citation:
Foster Brothers records, 1875-1973 (bulk 1893-1942). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.fostbrot
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Foster Brothers records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-fostbrot

Dacron Sheer

Designer:
Alexander Hayden Girard, American, 1907–1993  Search this
Manufacturer:
Cheney Brothers, South Manchester, Connecticut, USA  Search this
Producer:
Herman Miller Furniture Company, Zeeland, Michigan, USA  Search this
Medium:
Medium: polyester Technique: plain weave
Type:
woven textiles
Sample
Object Name:
Sample
Date:
1961
Credit Line:
Gift of Alexander H. Girard
Accession Number:
1969-165-1168
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1969-165-1168

Nylomix

Designer:
Alexander Hayden Girard, American, 1907–1993  Search this
Manufacturer:
Cheney Brothers, South Manchester, Connecticut, USA  Search this
Producer:
Herman Miller Furniture Company, Zeeland, Michigan, USA  Search this
Medium:
Medium: nylon Technique: plain weave
Type:
woven textiles
Sample
Object Name:
Sample
Designed in:
USA
Date:
1962
Credit Line:
Gift of Alexander H. Girard
Accession Number:
1969-165-474
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1969-165-474

Nylomix

Designer:
Alexander Hayden Girard, American, 1907–1993  Search this
Manufacturer:
Cheney Brothers, South Manchester, Connecticut, USA  Search this
Producer:
Herman Miller Furniture Company, Zeeland, Michigan, USA  Search this
Medium:
Medium: nylon Technique: plain weave
Type:
woven textiles
Sample
Object Name:
Sample
Designed in:
USA
Date:
1962
Credit Line:
Gift of Alexander H. Girard
Accession Number:
1969-165-475
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1969-165-475

Nylomix

Designer:
Alexander Hayden Girard, American, 1907–1993  Search this
Manufacturer:
Cheney Brothers, South Manchester, Connecticut, USA  Search this
Producer:
Herman Miller Furniture Company, Zeeland, Michigan, USA  Search this
Medium:
Medium: nylon Technique: plain weave
Type:
woven textiles
Sample
Object Name:
Sample
Designed in:
USA
Date:
1962
Credit Line:
Gift of Alexander H. Girard
Accession Number:
1969-165-476
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1969-165-476

Nylomix

Designer:
Alexander Hayden Girard, American, 1907–1993  Search this
Manufacturer:
Cheney Brothers, South Manchester, Connecticut, USA  Search this
Producer:
Herman Miller Furniture Company, Zeeland, Michigan, USA  Search this
Medium:
Medium: nylon Technique: plain weave
Type:
woven textiles
Sample
Object Name:
Sample
Designed in:
USA
Date:
1962
Credit Line:
Gift of Alexander H. Girard
Accession Number:
1969-165-477
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1969-165-477

Nylomix

Designer:
Alexander Hayden Girard, American, 1907–1993  Search this
Manufacturer:
Cheney Brothers, South Manchester, Connecticut, USA  Search this
Producer:
Herman Miller Furniture Company, Zeeland, Michigan, USA  Search this
Medium:
Medium: nylon Technique: plain weave
Type:
woven textiles
Sample
Object Name:
Sample
Designed in:
USA
Date:
1962
Credit Line:
Gift of Alexander H. Girard
Accession Number:
1969-165-478
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1969-165-478

Nylomix

Designer:
Alexander Hayden Girard, American, 1907–1993  Search this
Manufacturer:
Cheney Brothers, South Manchester, Connecticut, USA  Search this
Producer:
Herman Miller Furniture Company, Zeeland, Michigan, USA  Search this
Medium:
Medium: nylon Technique: plain weave
Type:
woven textiles
Sample
Object Name:
Sample
Designed in:
USA
Date:
1962
Credit Line:
Gift of Alexander H. Girard
Accession Number:
1969-165-496
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1969-165-496

Nylomix

Designer:
Alexander Hayden Girard, American, 1907–1993  Search this
Manufacturer:
Cheney Brothers, South Manchester, Connecticut, USA  Search this
Producer:
Herman Miller Furniture Company, Zeeland, Michigan, USA  Search this
Medium:
Medium: nylon Technique: plain weave
Type:
woven textiles
Sample
Object Name:
Sample
Designed in:
USA
Date:
1962
Credit Line:
Gift of Alexander H. Girard
Accession Number:
1969-165-497
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1969-165-497

Nylomix

Designer:
Alexander Hayden Girard, American, 1907–1993  Search this
Manufacturer:
Cheney Brothers, South Manchester, Connecticut, USA  Search this
Producer:
Herman Miller Furniture Company, Zeeland, Michigan, USA  Search this
Medium:
Medium: nylon Technique: plain weave
Type:
woven textiles
Sample
Object Name:
Sample
Designed in:
USA
Date:
1962
Credit Line:
Gift of Alexander H. Girard
Accession Number:
1969-165-498
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1969-165-498

Nylomix

Designer:
Alexander Hayden Girard, American, 1907–1993  Search this
Manufacturer:
Cheney Brothers, South Manchester, Connecticut, USA  Search this
Producer:
Herman Miller Furniture Company, Zeeland, Michigan, USA  Search this
Medium:
Medium: nylon Technique: plain weave
Type:
woven textiles
Sample
Object Name:
Sample
Designed in:
USA
Date:
1962
Credit Line:
Gift of Alexander H. Girard
Accession Number:
1969-165-499
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1969-165-499

Nylomix

Designer:
Alexander Hayden Girard, American, 1907–1993  Search this
Manufacturer:
Cheney Brothers, South Manchester, Connecticut, USA  Search this
Producer:
Herman Miller Furniture Company, Zeeland, Michigan, USA  Search this
Medium:
Medium: nylon Technique: plain weave
Type:
woven textiles
Sample
Object Name:
Sample
Designed in:
USA
Date:
1962
Credit Line:
Gift of Alexander H. Girard
Accession Number:
1969-165-500
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1969-165-500

Nylomix

Designer:
Alexander Hayden Girard, American, 1907–1993  Search this
Manufacturer:
Cheney Brothers, South Manchester, Connecticut, USA  Search this
Producer:
Herman Miller Furniture Company, Zeeland, Michigan, USA  Search this
Medium:
Medium: nylon Technique: plain weave
Type:
woven textiles
Sample
Object Name:
Sample
Designed in:
USA
Date:
1962
Credit Line:
Gift of Alexander H. Girard
Accession Number:
1969-165-501
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1969-165-501

Nylomix

Designer:
Alexander Hayden Girard, American, 1907–1993  Search this
Manufacturer:
Cheney Brothers, South Manchester, Connecticut, USA  Search this
Producer:
Herman Miller Furniture Company, Zeeland, Michigan, USA  Search this
Medium:
Medium: nylon Technique: plain weave
Type:
woven textiles
Sample
Object Name:
Sample
Designed in:
USA
Date:
1962
Credit Line:
Gift of Alexander H. Girard
Accession Number:
1969-165-502
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1969-165-502

Nylomix

Designer:
Alexander Hayden Girard, American, 1907–1993  Search this
Manufacturer:
Cheney Brothers, South Manchester, Connecticut, USA  Search this
Producer:
Herman Miller Furniture Company, Zeeland, Michigan, USA  Search this
Medium:
Medium: nylon Technique: plain weave
Type:
woven textiles
Sample
Object Name:
Sample
Designed in:
USA
Date:
1962
Credit Line:
Gift of Alexander H. Girard
Accession Number:
1969-165-503
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1969-165-503

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