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Video and Audio ➔ 16mm Film, The Story of Grand Rapids' Furniture Industry

This approximately 20 minute film provides a brief overview of the history of the furniture industry in Grand Rapids.  Beginning with William Haldane and the early lumber industry, it traces the city's growth and prosperity which are both attributed to furniture.  Finally, the film also contains interviews with several current furniture industry workers, and shows them engaged in their various specialty areas of craftsmenship.;The 16mm film in a metal film canister. The label on the canister reads: TV Film Radio Station WOOD Grand Rapids, Mich. "Furniture Show" TRANSCRIBED c/o Mrs. B Runyon 103 Pearl Street
Gift of Max Shangle
Shangle, Max

WOOD Radio

Furniture Manufacturers Association of Grand Rapids (FMA)
The formation of several furniture manufacturer organizations have existed throughout the span of Grand Rapids furniture industry. A prominent and long-standing name belonged to The Furniture Manufacturers Association of Grand Rapids which was legally recognized as a non-profit organization on November 25, 1911. Also known as the Grand Rapids Furniture Manufacturers Association (FMA), the FMA was active in protecting the "Grand Rapids Made" trademark. The red triangular logo was applied to every piece of furniture made by every FMA member company between 1899 to about 1913. Several Grand Rapids firms incorporated the "Grand Rapids Made" triangle into their corporate trademarks. In 1913 the FMA won several lawsuits against stores fraudulently advertising Grand Rapids furniture.

The Furniture Manufacturers Association of Grand Rapids later changed its name to Grand Rapids Area Furniture Manufacturers Association in 1987 to encompass the broad geographical area it represents.

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