A chair made in 1870 of 2 pieces of solid beech wood by August Thonet of the Austrian furniture company Gebruder Thonet (Brothers Thonet) as a demonstration of their steam wood bending technique.
Thonet's #14 chair
Gebruder Thonet started as a craftsman but embraced mass production. Michael Thonet, the father of the Thonet Brothers and founder of Gebruder Thonet, even built much of his own machinery. In 1859 they introduced the Thonet's #14 chair and by 1900 they had sold 40 million.
pics from the magazine Fine Woodworking #20 (Jan 1980).
Col. Milquetoast was one of the thousands of monkeys banging on typewriters since the mid-seventies trying to recreate Macbeth. Having become disaffected by the intense pressure involved, his complete lack of talent and his superior's refusal to make use of his prehensile tail he quit to lead a simple but mostly contented life in the midwest. Occasionally he writes in third person when there was no good reason not to write in first person.