Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tuesday, August 7, 1934

Today we ironed. Aunt Kate's came by and we went to the book shop.

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First La-Z-Boy recliner, a folding wood-slat porch chair

In the 1920s, two young cousins from Michigan (Edward Knabusch and
Edward Shoemaker) quit their jobs to pursue the American dream. Edwin
was a woodworker for a company and Edward was a farmer who loved to
tinker with gadgets. The "two Eds" poured their talents and their money
into their Floral City Furniture Company, each taking only a $5 per week
salary to get it up and running. Using orange crates to mock-up their idea,
they invented the reclining mechanism that eventually led, in 1929, to their
first upholstered recliner. Then they held a contest to name the chair and
the La-Z-Boy Recliner was born.

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