Sunday, January 23, 2011


Please go by and congratulate her!

In my post about the Ripplefold curtains here I promised to tell you more about this chaise.
We have to go back to the year 1954
Yes, way back then. You weren't even born were you?
I thought not!
I was 14 years old and had a BFF Carolyn S.  Her family was like the one that you would see on the old TV commercials. You know, the family that had all the latest gadgets. The mom who kept house in high heels and crinolined dresses. 
On Father's Day in 1954 Mr. S got this (one like this). 
Mr S's chair was covered in cream naugahyde.
That was plastic and was also the newest thing in upholstery material in the 50's.

I remember seeing him sit in it while he watched his 12 inch black and white TV, wooden console model. Get the picture? We only had black and white at the time or Mr. S. would have had color.

I was in LOVE! With the chaise not Mr. S.

When he wasn't home Carolyn and I took turns riding the chair. OOPs! I meant we took turns sitting upon his chaise. You see, this chaise would move back and forth and it was a massage chair as well.
See those controls? The toggle makes the chair change position following the curve you see.
The knob controls the massage function and has graduated intensity. 

Well, It wasn't long before Mrs. S realized we were using Mr. S's gift as a carnival ride. All our tickets were revoked and we were banished. I never got over it! I was forever crushed. I had chaise deprivation syndrome.

Fast forward to the year 1996

My daughter and I were browsing an antique store in Cookville, Tn.  OMG! My heart almost stopped beating.
In the front room of the store, in a place of honor. 
As close to Mr. S's chaise as the gods would allow.
This one was even better. It was TURQUOISE naugahyde! 
My very favorite color in the 50's and 60's. It was meant to be. Wait! I am not in a car. How will I ever get it back to Savannah? What will Sweet Old Bob say? Oh, never mind that, how do I get it home?
Sweet Hollie promised to bring it on the next trip south. Deal! You should have seen her precious husband's face when she brought it home in her van thingie.
Better yet, you should have seen Bob's face when we unloaded it in Savannah. Oh yes, he knew it was coming. After a few remarks about "a d**n turquoise plastic hunk of junk" we got my treasure into the boudoir. Make that our Master bedroom.
The five grandsons and I had loads of fun riding relaxing on the chaise. Only, I could operate the controls at first (yes they worked). Once they had learned proper respect for this mid-century gem they graduated to operator.
After a couple of years Bob demanded that it be recovered or go to the garage. After it was reupholstered the boys had to cover the chaise with a beach towel before riding relaxing.
Ain't she sweet? I made the off white pillow. 
I found this one on the internet. Not as loved as mine!

Oh, FYI! Mrs. S had the first dishwasher I ever saw. It sat against a wall. She would pull it to the sink, somehow hook it up to the faucet, prewash (wash) her dishes and rev it up. It didn't make sense but it was neat to watch.  I really enjoyed living near the S family. I acquired all my technical savvy from them.
I find,  as I have aged, I am seeking out information and/or things that were of special interest to me in my youth. Do any of you do the same? This wonderful thing called "internet" has facilitated that process. One can find anything. That is how we all got to blogland! Yeh!!
One last look. AAH!

I hope you have enjoyed our journey back in time.
Come back and I promise, we'll do it again.

I am linking to the following gracious hostesses:

Amaze Me Monday@Dittle Dattle
Metamorphosis Monday @ BNOTP

Masterpiece Monday@Boogie Board Cottage


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Sweetie...
What a beautiful write. I have so enjoyed meeting the "S" family through your write today. I can see why you SO enjoyed them. The perfect "Cleaver" family.

I love this chaise and the story behind it. No doubt it was meant to come to you, and in time it did. In my mind I can see a ride or two and the fascination of this wonderful toy (or I mean chaise) for the grands to experiment with.

A beautiful share, just beautiful. It has my mind to remembering things that were, and what a wonderful trip to take today.

Have a gorgeous Sunday sweetie. Many hugs and so much love, Sherry

Donnie said...

What a great time reading your chair adventure. Such fun.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

What a fun trip, loved the story! Enjoy your special chair:@)

It's Just Dottie said...

What fun ! I remember a trip to Arizona when my girls were small. The hotel had both a chair and a bed that vibrated. They loved it. Today they still talk about the fun they had on that trip. You would think the would remember the Grand Canyon more ,but I am not sure.

La said...

What a great story. The chaise is lovely in its current state.

Congratulations to Char!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I am so glad you came back and told us the story of the chair! I love it! yes I was born parents loved lots of gadgets also and so we had some of the 'first' on the block stuff...first color TV for sure. Oh and we had one of those dishwashers you pulled up and hooked to the sink. Gosh the memories!

Sharing Shadymont said...

Oh I so enjoyed your story. I love the chair. Such graceful lines. I'm glad you could have your own "riding" chair!!

Have a great week!

Thearica said...

Loved your story!! But I do wish you had photographed this jewel in its turquoise form!! I bet it was awesome!!

Now I am goggling for me one!! ha!

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Oh... Love that story, I bet it was a beauty in turquoise. You could for sure, not pass that one up. Now I am going to have go looking for one similar

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

I love the story behind your chaise :-) Too bad your hubby complained about the turquoise Naugahyde! But the fabric you had it reupholstered with is beautiful :-)

It's must have been a blast living near the S family growing up!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Ginger, this is a wonderful story -- and a great chair! Am I imagining it, or didn't your blog get a facelift? Looks great!

Farah Muzaffar said...

Dear Ginger... I enjoying so much... such a lovely way to talk, I feel that we are talking in front of each other... It looks great and am sure comfortable too isn't?

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, this is a great story, Ginger! Isn't it funny the things that we fall in love with as kids, and I think it's neat that you found your chair and brought it home! I laughed about how it got there and being turqoise naugahyde. I can just envision it. It's so then! :-)

One of my best friend's mothers had an aluminum Christmas tree, and I wanted one worse than anything! They also had one of those revolving lights that turned it from pink to green to blue to yellow. It was WONDERFUL! I wanted one worse than anything, but my father wouldn't hear of it. He was all about cutting our own tree on our own land and hauling it home in all its sticky cedar glory. No aluminum tree for him! lol! But this year, I actually bought a white tree for Cecelia. She is going to have that in her guest room to decorate with fun things. After I bought it, I started to wonder... is this for Cecelia or ME??? ;-) Now, after seeing your chaise I think I need to go to the next level... an aluminum tree!

Congrats to your drawing winner!


Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

P.S. I love the way you upholstered your chair, and I also love the fact that you created memories with your grandsons in it. :-)

Margie said...

oh my! this brings back some memories of my own!i too had a friend who's family had all the newest things! they owned a car dealership ... so they were ... RICH! we were far, far from it! so i loved going to their house to play ... her mother had a chair like this only it was a double chaise and green, green, green fabric ... you know that nubby, scratchy fabric? but i was also in awe of that chair ... this was a 60s chair, so you can imagine what it looked like ... not at all the graceful chaise that you have, but I admired it nonetheless! and you know, i have always wanted to own a chaise ... i don't yet, but maybe someday ... Thanks for bringing back the memory!

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Ginger, what a great story! My parents had a similar chaise that had belonged to my grandfather. It was reupholstered several times, but we always called it "the old green chair" after an early incarnation of the piece. We kids LOVED to "ride" it! Thanks for bringing back those memories!

Cheri said...

Love your story. Do these chairs have an official name to search by? Or just vibrating chaise? Thanks!

Phyllis said...

After readying this post, I think you and I are the same age. Your writing style is so personal that I feel as if I knew the S family. Maybe every neighborhood had a family such as this. I imagine that Mrs. S cleaned the house in high heels and a hat on her head with the smell of fresh bread drifting from her kitchen window, too. Your chaise is really special and I am happy you found one so close to the one you recall from your childhood!

xinex said...

I love the chaise, Ginger but I love the story behind it even more. I wish I would have seen it when it was turquoise. Oh yes, I was already born in 1954. I was 4 years old...Christine

- G.A.M. said...

What an awesome chair! My parents had a double sized one in florescent orange naugahyde. When they moved (after they sent me off to college, they got rid of it, and I only wish I could have had them put it in storage. It was AWESOME, though it didn't have a power recline. You had a handle on the side that you had to push down on to get it to recline. It did have the massage/vibration device, which was pretty darn cool.

At a local used furniture store here in NC, I recently was able to acquire a light grey naugahyde single, and am getting it "for my Christmas present to myself and my new house." It's going to anchor my living room and I am really so excited as my Dad will be spending some time with us over the holidays and I can't wait til he sees it. He was just talking to me the other day and asked if I remembered the old orange one we used to have, so I can't wait to see his surprise when he sees my new living room chair.

Grace InAZ said...

This story is such a treasure! I giggled all the way through it! I, too, would have loved to see it in its turquoise splendor! Thanks for sharing this blast from the past!
Hugs, GraceinAZ

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