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Furniture Industry Archives ➔ Booklet, Souvenir Program of the Second Annual Field Day, Grand Rapids Furniture Market

Identifier:
2018.1.32
Description:
A pamphlet provided by the Grand Rapids Furniture Salesmen's Association for the 2nd Annual Field Day that took place during the Grand Rapids Furniture Market, Summer of 1918. It features photos from the first Field Day (June 1917) that includes furniture salesmen golfing, caricature sketches of prominent furniture men by Ray Barnes (GR Herald), games and competitions, and a Program list of performances coordinated by local dance instructor Miss Calla Travis.

The introduction is written by Frank M. Sparks, editor for the Grand Rapids Herald newspaper, which contains historical information on the formation of the Grand Rapids Furniture Exposition/Market and notable names and furniture companies who contributed to its success. Early supporters include William Haldane, William T. Powers, William Widdicomb, Julius Berkey, William A. Berkey, Elias Matter, George W. Gay, E.V. Hawkins (Connersville Furniture Co., Indiana), Phil J. Klingman, Charles P. Limbert, and John Brower.
Date:
July 1918
Materials:
Paper, Thread
Source:
Museum Collection
Maker/Donor
Grand Rapids Furniture Salesmen's Association
After a successful first Field Day in June 1917, the Grand Rapids Furniture Salesmen's Association continued hosting a banquet and entertaining activities for visiting furniture salesmen during the semi-annual Grand Rapids Furniture Market. The Field Day started at the Highland Country Club where a sleu of activities took place such as golf, wood sawing and tug-o'-war games, race competitions, new vehicle raffles, performance acts, and food catering. As the Market grew and with more furniture buyers attending from out of state, the Grand Rapids Furniture Salesmen's Association continued to host a large banquet for salesmen with entertainment and more performances were added to various venues throughout Grand Rapids.
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