Thursday, 3 January 2013

1960's Vintage Green Reclining Vibrating Heating Retro Chair



The word recline was first used in the 1660s. Beginning in 1880 the word recliner was used to describe a type of chair. Around 1850, the French introduced a reclining camp bed that could serve as a chair, a bed and a chaise longue. It was portable and featured padded arm rests and a steel frame. In the late 1800s, many designs were found for motion chairs that were made of wood with a padded seat and back. Designs from France and America included a document or book holder. The first reclining chair was reportedly owned by Napoleon III.

Knabush and Shoemaker, two American cousins, are credited with gaining a patent on a wooden recliner. The design was the same wooden bench recliner found in other designs. Issued in 1928, the patent led to the founding of La-Z-Boy. In 1930, Knabush and Shoemaker patented an upholstered model with a mechanical movement.

Daniel F Caldemeyer is known as the father of the modern day recliner. His invention, as owner of National Furniture Mfg. Co based in Evansville, IN, initiated the widespread home usage of the chair that he called the rocket recliner. His name was based on the fact that he developed his chair based on the science of kinetics that he used while serving in the US Air Force. His design was used by NASA for the seats in Projects Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. His chairs were used in the ready room for these missions and can be seen in the movie Apollo 13. The Secret Service bought 50 of his chairs for President Lyndon Baines Johnson as a Christmas gift. A Life magazine photo of President Johnson, post gall bladder surgery, has the President lifting his shirt and showing his scar while sitting in one of these chairs. The Presidential Seal was embossed on these chairs with one currently in the Smithsonian and another at the LBJ museum. With over 300 patents, Caldemeyer added the foot lift rest, heated seating and massage features to this chair and had the patent for the first entertainment center. From the Wikipedia...... 

Such a wonderful find! Vibrating, heating, retro, reclining lounge chair. Even more amazing, it’s in perfect working order. The pinnacle of comfort for a working man (sorry ladies) back in the 1960's. Fully reclining, back to a flat, bed-like position. The chair has massage setting which vibrates with adjustable intensity. Heat is also an option. Original green Leatherette is in fantastic  with only one small crack on one of the arms. 

There is a chair like this for sale over at selling for $770 but we are selling ours for a fraction of that price. 

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