I was watching a video about design in America in the 1950s and one of the pictures that flashed up on the screen was this beauty, a 1958 Thonet Dining set in an ultra sleek Scandinavian style that was made in New York City.
I found it on Craig's List a couple of years ago and didn't know if it was worth looking at because the one picture was really bad and I could only see the top half of one of the chairs. Another third of the picture was a black lab sitting in front of the chair, so I figured it was worth a look since the pooch looked so loveable.
When I got to the Atomic Era split ranch dwelling, a man came out and opened the garage door for my partner and I to have a looksy. He said it had been there since the house was built and it was time for a new owner. It was filthy, covered with black mold from being stored in the dampness, but I could find no rips or tears on the vinyl upholstery and the table top was a nice satin feeling formica with barely a scrape.
A few hours of elbow grease later, we transformed this set back to its hey day. It's since been sold, but I keep the picture and refer to it time and again, realizing that Post War era furniture that was made in America is a thing of the past and these relics should be cherished.