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1937 Armstrong Floors Vintage Advertisement "Grauel's Market"

The scanned image shows the central portion of the page. The full dimensions of the advertisement are approximately 11" x 14". This original vintage advertisement is in Very Good Condition unless otherwise noted (tiny tear left margin -- easily covered with frame).

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The scanned image shows the central portion of the page. The full dimensions of the advertisement are approximately 11" x 14". This original vintage advertisement is in Very Good Condition unless otherwise noted (tiny tear left margin -- easily covered with frame).

Armstrong World Industries

Armstrong World Industries, Inc. is an international designer and manufacturer of floors, ceilings and cabinets. Based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Armstrong operates 40 plants in 10 countries and has approximately 12,300 employees worldwide.

History

In 1860, Thomas M. Armstrong, the son of Scotish-Irish immigrants from Londonderry, joined with John D. Glass to open a one-room shop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, carving bottle stoppers from cork by hand. Their first deliveries were made in a wheelbarrow. He was a business pioneer in some respects: he branded each cork he shipped as early as 1864, and soon was putting a written guarantee in each burlap bag of corks he shipped from his big new factory. The company grew to be the largest cork supplier in the world by the 1890s. The company incorporated in 1891.

Cork began being displaced by other closures, but the company introduced insulating corkboard and brick. In 1906, two years before he died, Thomas Armstrong concluded that the solid foundation of the future was covered with linoleum, and construction began on a new factory in a cornfield at the edge of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In 1909, Armstrong linoleum was first offered to the trade. After corkboard, the logical move was to fiberboard, and then to ceiling board. Cork tile and linoleum led to vinyl flooring, then ceramic tile, laminate flooring and carpeting.

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1937 Armstrong Floors Vintage Advertisement "Grauel's Market"

1937 Armstrong Floors Vintage Advertisement "Grauel's Market"

The scanned image shows the central portion of the page. The full dimensions of the advertisement are approximately 11" x 14". This original vintage advertisement is in Very Good Condition unless otherwise noted (tiny tear left margin -- easily covered with frame).

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