Gem Industries, Inc.
525 Parker Street
P.O. Box 400
Gardner, MA 01440-0400

Note: Gem plans to donate the materials listed to the Gardner Museum soon.

Historical materials:

From Gem:

  • Catalogs, many with price lists.-- Gem Crib and Cradle – 1919, 1921, 1929-1932, 1934, 1936, 1939, 1941, 1957-1960, 1962 & 1963
  • Catalogs, many with price lists – Gem Industries – 1964-1972
  • Brochures with price lists – 1949, 1950, 1956, 1963-1965
  • Early, undated circular with price list; heavy card mailer with photos and specifications of bassinets, cribs, cradles, baby yards and nursery chairs
  • Recommendations for new furniture lines – for 1960 & 1961
  • Company notes and memos – 1959, 1962, 1981: bedding proposal, Gem Metal Division
  • Many photographs, black and white and color, of factories, machinery and workers. Most are 1950s and 1960s.
  • Eastern Furniture Company, of Athol, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gem – Price lists – 1989; color glossy promotional photos of living room furniture, n.d.

From Chair Town Manufacturing Company:

  • 3 brochures or fold-out catalogs – “Chairs for Tiny Tots” – c. 1930s/1940s
  • 2 catalogs

From L. B. Ramsdell Company:

  • Catalog – kindergarten chairs and high chairs – c. 1930s-1950s

 

 
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