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Sep 18th

1942 Hamilton Drafting Table: The Perfect Gift

We are so very excited about a wonderful find! Check out this 1942 Hamilton drafting table.
For those of you in the know, this is a J.E. Hamilton Holly Wood Type Company with a Wood Type from 1880.
The Hamilton Company was founded in 1880 by James Edward Hamilton, a skilled woodworker whose first product was a wood type for the printing industry. The first wood type project completed by J.E. Hamilton was “Grand Ball.” Mr. Hamilton operated his foot-powered scroll saw and mounted the letters on another block of wood. He then sanded and polished the surface of the wood type. The business grew and prospered and by 1891 the Hamilton Company employed 200 workers and was doing approximately $500,000 worth of business.  Not too bad!

I  don’t know if you know any drafters, architects or designers, but they are pretty fussy about their tables. But it wasn’t always that way!  How the Drafting Furniture came to be a successful part of the Hamilton story is really a parallel to the story of 20th Century America.

So Here is A Little History of Drafting Furniture, circa 1917
At the turn of the century, the drafting industry was almost nonexistent. The engineering drawing that accompanied an order to the shop was probably the original drawing, done by a draftsperson, on an old board, set up on sawbucks. World War I came along and items had to be produced in a hurry.
Mass production became a reality and tracing paper had to be used for the original drawing so that prints could be made and distributed to many men in the shop so many articles of the same kind or for the same end product could be produced at once. Because of the time and effort put into the original, the Drawings Storage Cabinetry was a natural addition to the company. From Fully Adjustable Tables to Filing Systems, Hamilton products were always in the forefront. If you can believe it, over 70 years later, this drafting table is as solid, beautiful and functional as it was in 1942.

Come in and take a peek at this beauty.  It would make a great gift for that artist in your life, but even if you don’t have one of those talented folks at home, you can still use this lovely piece for a conversation-worthy dining table!

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