Published and distributed by the Grand Rapids Market Association for the benefit of all exhibitors. Contains an Index to Advertisers (Furniture Manufacturers), Factory Showroom Displays of all exhibition buildings, names of officers and directors, and city amenities and accommodations. Market visitors would use these books to write in and track their furniture orders from each company as they toured showeroom exhibits. The book contains useful information such as factory building addresses, furniture showroom locations, company logos, and in some cases, names of salesmen.
Grand Rapids Market Association Successor to the Grand Rapids Association of Furniture Exhibitors. In the beginning the Grand Rapids Market Association's primary focus was to enlarge the market by bringing in more exhibitors and more buyers. They were responsible for coordinating the various activities that took place during the semi-annual Grand Rapids Furniture Market. They solicited funds and represented the interests of local manufacturers, exhibition buildings, civic groups, and out-of-town companies. Founding members of the Grand Rapids Market Association included Charles B. Kelsey as the first president, Elmer H. Grey, Fred W. Green and Charles R. Sligh as vice presidents, Minor S. Keeler as treasurer and C.B. Hamilton as secretary. Beginning in the early 1920s, the Association sponsored the National Retail Furniture Institute during the closing week of the Market. It provided educational courses on furniture design, manufacturing techniques, and retailing for Market attendees.