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1907: The First Catalog

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1907 Furniture Catalog Cover
In exchange for company stock, the Fox & Mason Furniture Company of Corunna, Michigan helped the Arcadia Furniture Company get into the furniture business, and jointly they produced the 1907 furniture catalog. It included pictures of about 40 pieces of furniture.
Dimensions: 6 inches tall by 9 inches wide

 

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"TO THE TRADE
The building of the new factory at Arcadia enables us to care for your orders in a much more prompt and satisfactory manner than in the past. We wish to express our thanks for your liberal patronage during the past and assure you that we will do our best to merit continued confidence in the future. We have added greatly to our line of furniture, especially in the American Quartered Finish, and have improved the style and finish of the same. ...
Sales office for both factories, Corruna, Mich."

1908: Arcadia's First Catalog

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1908 Furniture Catalog Cover
By 1908, the catalog does not mention the Fox & Mason Furniture Company, although it lists the Arcadia Furniture Company's officers and directors, and these include key players from the other company. This catalog included pictures of about 46 pieces of furniture.
Dimensions: 6 inches tall by 9 inches wide

 

The 1908 catalog was very similar to the 1907 catalog in size and shape. However, by then a few things had changed in addition to a bigger selection of furniture:

  • The catalog applied exclusively to The Arcadia Furniture Company; it was not produced jointly with the Fox & Mason Furniture Company.
  • The catalog listed the factory and office as being in Arcadia, not Corunna.
  • The company had picked a niche for itself, "Cheap and Medium Priced Furniture." Later they would change that to "low- to medium-priced bedroom furniture."

1909 Catalog

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1909 Furniture Catalog Cover

In just the third year of its existence, the Arcadia Furniture Company produced about 60 different pieces of bedroom furniture. Each piece could be ordered with variations such as the size and shape of the mirror, which was produced at the factory's mirror works.

 

The 1909 catalog for The Arcadia Furniture Company was a thing of beauty. The cover was brightly colored and included a complex raised company logo and a flap to enclose the catalog or perhaps act as a bookmark to locate a specific page.

For the first time, this catalog showed sample bedroom suites along with individual pieces. A suite generally consisted of a particular dresser and bed headboard and footboard, but a note would say "Commodes to match."

Prices were not included in the catalog. A salesman would carry a separate price list, which would allow prices to change without affecting the catalog. Prices were still very low by today's standards.

1912 Catalog: The Standard

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1909 Furniture Catalog Cover
In just the third year of its existence, the Arcadia Furniture Company produced about 60 different pieces of bedroom furniture. Each piece could be ordered with variations such as the size and shape of the mirror, which was produced at the factory's mirror works.

 

By 1912, the Arcadia Furniture Company catalog used a standard format they would continue to use through the 1930s. No catalogs from 1910 or 1911 are known, so the switch to this format might have happened before 1912.

 

The Museum's Furniture Catalogs

Do you have furniture that might have come from the Arcadia Furniture Company? We might be able to help. Here is a list of every furniture catalog we have in our collection. For each catalog listed, click the year to see every page in the catalog and zoom in on each image.

1907: Joint Catalog with the Fox & Mason Furniture Co.

1908: The Arcadia Furniture Co.

1909: The Arcadia Furniture Co.

1912: Arcadia Furniture Co. Bed Room Furniture and Sideboards

1913: Arcadia Furniture Co. Bed Room Furniture and Sideboards

1916: Arcadia Furniture Co. Bed Room Furniture and Sideboards

1922: Arcadia Furniture Co. Bed Room Furniture and Sideboards

1928: Arcadia Furniture Co. Bed Room Furniture and Sideboards

1929: Catalogue Bedroom Furniture Sideboards

1930: New.. Bedroom Suites and Odd Pieces

1933: Catalogue Bedroom Furniture Sideboards

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