Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A 'Calvin Coolidge' Living Room Set

Per the caption, it seems the designer of this 1928 set felt if it were named after President Coolidge the chances of winning the (unnamed) competition would increase.  Wrong.  The style is closer to mongrel Borax than L'Art Moderne and seventh place was at best, well, kind.  With 20-20 hindsight it's easy to see why the first three years of American Modernism (1926-1929) was an abysmal failure both commercially and aesthetically.  Image from 'A History of American Furniture' by Marta K. Sironen, Towse Publishing Company, 1936.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Coolidges Return to Northampton

March 4th 1929 Herbert Hoover was inaugurated as the 31st President and the Coolidges, after attending the inauguration, returned to their beloved Northampton. Grace Coolidge wrote that as she journeyed back to Northampton from Washington D.C. that "I suddenly realized that I had come back to myself, that my husband was no longer the head of our great nation, and that he and I were free to come and go and order our lives according to the dictates of out hearts, responsible only to ourselves for the outcome of out decisions. Gone were the men of the Secret Service, the aides, the valet, the maid, and we were homeward bound."

from Grace Coolidge: An Autobiography
Edited by Lawrence E. Wikander and Robert H. Ferrel