Thursday, March 14, 2013

Furniture store and history

Atherton Furniture store Portland Maine c1938 - click to enlarge
it was located at Free and Center streets
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Atherton Furniture was started by LeBaron Atherton in 1897 in Lewiston, Maine; the chain grew to nine stores in Maine, Massachusetts and New York State.  The company went out of business in the 1980s.
It's interesting to go back a bit and see what items were for sale in the early part of the 1900s, many things we no longer see and some wouldn't recognize.  Of course over time most things change like a kitchen range or a lamp.  But, what did they used to look like?
The lamp department (left) in 1910 in the Waterville, Maine store - click to enlarge
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Front window display in Waterville in 1911 - click to enlarge
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Stoves and ranges for heat or cooking in 1900 - click to enlarge
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