During the early days of this country, some excellent furniture was produced owing principally to the study of 18th century English and French models. Then came a period of reaction. Furniture was loaded with cheap ornament and meaningless carving. T he main idea seemed to lte "how much"' and not "how good." This was partly due to the introduction of labor-saving machinery, but more to untrained men going into the furniture business, many of them being entirely ignorant of the first principles of correct design. The rapid growth of the country caused such a demand for furniture that anything sold for a time, but a gradual improvement set n; factories began to employ experienced designers and the past twenty-five years has shown great advancement in the manufacture of furniture in this country. It is now produced in all the old period styles of a quality equal to any in the world and two new styles have been added to the fist—Colonial and Mission.
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