GREAT NORTHERN CHAIR CO./-309 Ogden Ave./CHICAGO. U.S.A./ 1939; MADE IN U.S.A./ENTIRELY WITH AMERICAN LABOR AND MATERIALS
This chair was made in 1939 by the Great Northern Chair Company of Chicago that mass-produced inexpensive furniture in popular styles. The company made approximately 200,000 chairs and tables per year.
The style of this chair is modeled after 'Chair No. 14' a popular cafe chair designed by the Austrian furniture maker Michael Thonet.
This chair helps document the Chicago furniture industry, one of the city's largest industries during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Chicago's furniture manufacturers introduced widespread use of new marketing techniques including the mail-order catalog, yearly exhibitions, and installment buying to meet the growing demand for fashionable and affordable furniture such as this chair.