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08-15-2013 04:53 AM

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I’m looking for any information I can get on this piece of wood work. I think it is finished in garnet shellac and made in the 50’s, but I don’t know what it would be called or anything about the history. Any additional input would be greatly appreciated – any! It is roughly 30” wide x 20” high x 12” deep. Thanks, – J. What I think is it is clear fir, shellacked, and a production piece…



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#1 posted 08-15-2013 05:27 AM

Howdy J. I have nothing that will help you in your search. I just want to say that I remember having one. Everything about your picture reminds me of that one. I’m intrigued by your quest for information. My mother might remember something about it. I’ll ask her.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#2 posted 08-15-2013 05:50 AM

Thanks Mark, any additional info I can find will help, even though I know this isn’t a valuable piece I am still interested in learning what the other LJ’s know, perhaps even what this type of piece is called?

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#3 posted 05-18-2014 06:23 PM

J,

I know it’s been a long time on this topic but it pops into my head every now and then. I don’t believe what I’m about to say will help at all but you might find it interesting.

My mother and grandmother used to collect s&h green stamps. Every now and then they would get their books together and run to the s&h store. Unfortunately, I remember my grandmother collecting a lot of of gold stamps. Well you probably get the point by now.

Moms memory is not always perfect. But she is pretty sure it was my grandmother’ s&h score. There is a very high chance that it was bought with green stamps. Maybe a 20% chance it was bought with gold stamps.

I’m thinking the stamp product suppliers were very small factories or shops that spit out products at a dime a dozen. Basically, because s&h wasn’t going to pay a fortune in the first place. It was a very interesting technique. I would say – it was a predecessor to air miles.

So now that I got your memory turning over to those green stamps, I wonder if there is any way to trace the manufacturer. I’m curious but not ready to crack the whole case open.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#4 posted 05-20-2014 09:48 PM

I think we called these ‘dividers’ or ‘divider bookcases’. They would be grouped with what we called ‘occasional furniture’ and they were made by many different manufacturers.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 05-20-2014 09:58 PM

I’m sorry that I can’t really help, either. Brings back memories, though. It was almost certainly late 40’s or early fifties, and one of our neighbors had several pieces in that style. I certainly get a chuckle out of the references too S&H Green Stamps; everyone collected them in those days.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#6 posted 05-20-2014 10:42 PM

I have seen these listed as telephone stands.

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#7 posted 05-20-2014 11:03 PM

Bold1 is correct. It is called a gossip table. The telephone books (remember them?) were on the middle shelf. Your private “black book” was on the end shelf. Paper and pencil and telephone on the top. Plenty of room for your coffee cup while you gossiped.

My first wife had one – hand me down – from her mom. I refinished it after years in the attic.

-- Life is what happens to you while you are planning better things -Mark Twain

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#8 posted 05-26-2014 03:13 AM

JUST SOME INFO:

This was Posted 283 Days ago. “J” hasn’t been on here for 35 Days now and 111 Days before that.

However …Post Away! He might drop by at any time.

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#9 posted 05-26-2014 05:04 AM

Rick,

I’m feeling generous. I’ll just say thank you.

As for J, he is good man who has taught me a lot. Any little thing I can do for him is worth it. That includes following up like I said I would.

When he returns, he might find exactly the answer he was looking for. Good with you?

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#10 posted 05-26-2014 08:45 AM

No problem Rick. We are having fun anyway.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 05-26-2014 12:36 PM

Rick,

I’m sorry for my sarcasm. I shouldn’t make others pay for my foul moods. You don’t deserve that kind of treatment.

Mike,

Thanks for responding to Rick with kindness. If anything, I also learned from everyone’s replies so thanks to all.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#12 posted 05-26-2014 09:29 PM

Mark & Stefang:

As I said in my Post it was for INFO ONLY and please Post Away. There was ABSOLUTLY NO Intention of Demeaning or Insulting ANYONE.

I’ve had a LOT of experience with Posters that Never show up Again on some of My Lengthy Replies to Their “Help Wanted” Posts.

One of the things I do most often on here is go Looking for Members who are asking for Help. If I DO Help, that makes ME Feel Good!

Mark: No need for the Apologies. Thank You Anyway. It tells Me that you Truly are one of The Real Gentleman on here. TOTALLY “Good for me”

Had I NOT of seen Yourself and Stefang Posting on here I probably would not of said anything. it was Probably MY Mistake to do so anyway.

EVERYTHING Both of You Post is always worthwhile Reviewing. BOTH Of You Belong To The “GOOD GUYS CLUB” on here. I wish there were more Members like You.

Stefang: YEP! Having FUN is what I call a “GOOD TING”! (TING?) DUH!! THING!! ..LOL..

“J”: When you happen to come back on here. YOU Have MY Apologies for My Dumb Statement.

I Hope WE are ALL Okay now. The other way around is NOT something I enjoy! I fact it does Bother me.

Best Regards To All: Rick

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#13 posted 05-27-2014 03:19 AM

Thank you Rick and I’ll reciprocate. ‘You’ have no need to apologize. We’re totally good my friend.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#14 posted 05-27-2014 03:35 AM

Than You Mark. Now I feel Much better!

(Just A Point) I had this post on “Watch”. I went to “Pulse”. It said Nothing I had on “Watch” was “Updated”

I came for a look myself, and there You were! Just another little Glitch I Guess. BUT! I’m Glad I came.

Regards: Rick

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#15 posted 05-27-2014 08:42 AM

No problem Rick. I have often had the same thought when someone posted a question, got a lot of replies then never came back to thank or even acknowledge the effort. Maybe they were real old like myself and forgot they had asked the question, ha, ha!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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