Tell City Chair Co. Giant Boston Rocker

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This giant Tell City Chair Co. Boston Rocker has made the rounds of hundreds of furniture stores through out the United States and has a final home of William Tell Antiques.  The rocker is loaned out for usage in the community for parades, fundraisings, and Christmas in the park with Santa.
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          The history of the Tell City Chair Co. Giant Boston Rocker dates back to 1958, Tell City’s Centennial year.  Many hours of planning and labor were spent in the manufacturing of the giant size Boston rocker which was featured on the float entered in the “Decades of Time Parade” during the Centennial in which it won first place.  The rocker was completed May 30, 1958 after special made stencils needed to decorate the rocker arrived. 

          It was designed to double the size of the extremely popular Boston Rocker that the company produced.  Approximately 93 feet of lumber was used to build it.  It is seven feet tall with an overall width of four feet and weights 173 pounds.  The seat is 40” wide and 38” deep and is large enough to accommodate three men.

          The seat of a regular rocker is 15” high.  On this rocker the seat is 30” in height from the floor.  The back slat is nearly 12 inches wide and the lesgs are 3 1/4" in diameter.
          The chair was designed by George Connor and expert chair maker who had been an employee of the company for over 36 years in 1958.  He has been building samples for many years.

          Harry Powell also of the sample department had much to do with the construction.  He has been with the company for 44 years in 1958 and a sample maker for many years.  The posts were turned by Norman Freeman who has been with the company for 12 years in 1958 and is in charge of their turning department.  The three men had a total of 92 years total of service with the Tell City Chair Co.

          This is not the only Boston Rocker.  In all there were three made.  One of which was destroyed fraternity students that stole it from a furniture store in a police chase.  The other is located in the Tell City Historical Society Museum

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