Sixteen-year-old Evelyn Kidd, the pride of Spirit Lake, Iowa, won the National Home Improvement exhibit in her Four-H club’s contest at the International Livestock Exposition on December 4, 1928.
Like Emily does in the commercials, I’ll design my chair with all of my favorite qualities and a gorgeous covering that I love.Candlesticks and pictures purchased at a five-and-ten-cent store complete the prize-winning room.”Alas, there is no record in The Furniture World of Evelyn’s prize: The parsimonious ingenuity encouraged by the National Home Improvement contest certainly did not bode well for the furniture industry on the eve of the Great Depression The Furniture World of 1928, published weekly under an ever-changing logo, featured a charming mix of business and humor; the wisdom of sages complementing the opinions of the editors; serious discussions on matters of concern to the industry juxtaposed against chatty travel-diary letters from the globe-hopping Isse Koch, head of Isse Koch & Co., Inc; informational series on everything from splitting leather to growing moss, from mohair to curly hair, from veneers to proper sales techniques.Reporters throughout the magazine’s coverage area filed regular dispatches on the business and social activities in their regions.We’ll spend the day helping build new homes, include hanging insulation or drywall, mudding/spackling, sanding, texturing, priming, painting, laying floors, and/or hanging trim, doors and baseboard. Share your insights, whether in regard to your home market or experiences throughout the world. You’ll learn the ins-and-outs of the conference, where sessions are held, how to maximize networking opportunities and the best way to navigate the Exhibit Hall.RIMS ’15 is an event that connects you with some 10,000 professionals from more than 70 different countries. Thom Singer will share tips on how to best create connections while at the conference.