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First coined “Rocking Chair” term in:
17661

Originated in: 18th Century

Appeared in England in: 1725

Known for: Their craftsmanship and creative designs

  • Soothing infants
  • Causing faster onset of sleep
  • Ergonomic benefits

Varieties include:

  • Folding rocking chairs
  • Bassinets
  • Gliders

Glider chairs originated in: 19392

German craftsman Michael Thonet created the first bentwood rocking chair in: 1860

Known for: Graceful shape and light weight

Folding chairs became popular in the U.S. and Europe during the: 1920s

Most famous rocking chair: P&P Chair Company’s rocking chair

P&P Chair Company’s famous user: John F. Kennedy

  • The first rocking chair used on Air Force One
  • Added rockers to Camp David
  • Kennedy’s rocker is on permanent display at John F. Kennedy Library and Museum

Kennedy’s model is:

  • Shaped by a wood shaper
  • Steam bent
  • Assembled shortly after the wood is freshly cut

 

1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocking_chair

2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glider_(furniture)

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