An oversized poster for the Grand Rapids Furniture Makers Guild depicting advertisement examples for newspaper layouts and sales books. The illustrations depict furniture showrooms to be displayed on the 7th floor of the Exhibition Building during the semi-annual Furniture Market. Illustrations by local artist, Miriam (Suleeba) Kesterson.
Gift Of Kesterson, Miriam M.
Kesterson, Miriam (Suleeba)Miriam Suleeba was an illustrator and artist based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Miriam grew up to be a student of Mathias J. Alten (1871-1938), and later painted as a commercial illustrator under her married name of Kesterson.Kesterson, Miriam (Suleeba)Miriam Suleeba was an illustrator and artist based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Miriam grew up to be a student of Mathias J. Alten (1871-1938), and later painted as a commercial illustrator under her married name of Kesterson.Grand Rapids Furniture Makers GuildThe "Guild" was an independent organization within the Grand Rapids furniture industry whose mission focused on strengthening the business between the manufacturers and the dealers in presentation and sale to the public. The Guild operated independently from the Furniture Manufacturers Association of Grand Rapids (FMA), which promoted activities for the Furniture Market event and protected the "Grand Rapids Made" trademark. The formation of the Grand Rapids Furniture Makers Guild in 1931 accomplished several goals: it provided a new avenue for marketing Grand Rapids furniture during the Depression; it ensured that a large number of retail dealers would consistently carry Grand Rapids goods; it educated the general public about style and craftsmanship in furniture; and it advanced the reputation of Grand Rapids as the place where high-quality furnishings were made.