I have been wanting to upgrade my generic Ikea bookcase for a while now, as it just doesn't do anything for me style wise. I have searched on Ebay & in my favourite vintage/antique stores but have never found the right piece at the right price. I was delighted to find this bookcase on Gumtree (kind of like the Trading Post). A lady had inherited it from her mother who had bought it from David Jones in the 1960's. I thought it was a good buy at $40. It's made by Kroehler furniture company. Mr P & I killed our backs by carrying it upstairs...it sure is heavy, but worth the pain!
The shelf above, before my inner clutter monster took over.
Clutter monster in action. There's NO minimalism in our house!
It's got the sweetest green handle on the drawer. It must have been made with me in mind!
Here's some of the advertising by Kroehler from the 1950's & a brief history of the Kroehler furniture company from the Chicago business encyclopedia.
In 1902, Peter E. Kroehler bought the Naperville Lounge Co., a maker of wooden lounge chairs and upholstered furniture. Kroehler built a new factory in Naperville in 1913 after the original facility was destroyed by a tornado. Soon thereafter, he renamed the company Kroehler Manufacturing Co. This enterprise soon operated across the country and employed several hundred men and women in the Chicago area. By the middle of the 1940s, with over $20 million in annual sales, Kroehler was the second-largest furniture maker in the United States. During the 1960s, when the company employed close to 8,000 people around the country, annual revenues passed $100 million. The company struggled during the 1970s, closing its historic Naperville factory in 1978 and ending its operations in the area. In 1981 Kroehler was acquired by the ATR Group of Northbrook, which put the company up for sale. By the early 2000s, furniture was still manufactured under the Kroehler name by two unrelated companies, one in North Carolina and the other in Ontario, Canada.