In the early 1900s American taste in home furnishings gravitated from ornate Victorian designs to the simpler, more modern look associated with Mission and Craftsman styles and the Arts & Crafts movement. Firms such as the Brooks Manufacturing Co. of Saginaw, Michigan specialized in the manufacture and direct-mail merchandising of the new designs.
This republication of the companys 1912 catalog, reprinted from a rare original copy in the collection of The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, contains photographs and detailed descriptions of more than 150 now very collectible pieces. The furniture Brooks built and promoted ranged from davenports, settees, buffets, desks and bookcases to tables, chairs, bedsteads, dressers and porch swings. All were sturdily made of solid, quarter-sawed oak and available in many different finishes, from Dark Weathered Oak to Fumed Oak. (Arka Kapaktan)