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: 1950-1953
  • Herman Miller Molded Plywood Chair

    This chair, in the collection of The Henry Ford, has a backrest of brown and white calf skin padded upholstery that covers the molded plywood. The seat and back are attached by black rubber shock mounts to a chrome base frame with metal glides. The rubber shock mounts permit the chair to flex readily to changes in position. This piece was intended to be used in residential or office spaces. [Source: ca. 1952 Herman Miller, Inc. Trade Catalog] Price History: 1952: $94. 60 (Trade Ca…

  • Dress Ensemble, 1950-1953

    Another simple yet stunning evening dress and cape by the brilliant and dramatic Spanish-born designer, Cristobal Balenciaga.Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1897 Elizabeth Parke married Harvey S. Firestone Jr., son of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founder Harvey S. Firestone, in 1921.Once described by a friend as, "the most luxurious woman in the history of luxury," Elizabeth Parke Firestone's clothing collection illustrates her impeccable taste in fashion.