Johnson’s chair: Well-worn history from top to bottom

Johnson’s chair: Well-worn history from top to bottom

  The supporter of countless bottoms during its lifetime, this chair shows the wear and tear of many generations of everyday use. Plank chairs, such as this one, were popular utilitarian pieces of furniture during the mid-1800s. They were made in both rural and urban areas by furniture makers who utilized faster, mechanized reproduction methods. …

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Friendship quilts: One historic way to keep loved ones stitched together

Friendship quilts: One historic way to keep loved ones stitched together

These quilt blocks were constructed from patterns traced onto an 1854 newspaper and cut by the friends of a young woman named Sally Jane Vanartsdalen, sometime before her marriage in the 1860s. Sally Jane grew up on Playwicky Farm in Bucks County, and her quilt blocks were donated in 1970 by a member of the …

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