• Simmons “Old Timers” employees

    Simmons Company

    Simmons Company employees, labeled “Simmons Old Timers.” Circa 1970s. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did not initially make mattresses. Their first products were cheese boxe…

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  • View of Kenosha from Simmons plant

    Simmons Company

    Looking southwest from the Simmons Manufacturing Company factory over downtown Kenosha. Circa 1890s. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did not initially make mattresses. Their…

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  • Simmons furniture store display

    Simmons Company

    Two “before” shots of Simmons furniture on display in the Boston Store showroom, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Simmons Company had a Visual Merchandising Program designed to make department store furnitur…

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  • Simmons Menagerie League 50th anniversary party

    Simmons Company

    Guests at an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Simmons Menagerie Bowling League. 1955. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did not initially make mattresses. Their fi…

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  • Simmons Company Minstrels

    Simmons Company

    The Simmons Company Minstrels. Circa 1936. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did not initially make mattresses. Their first products were cheese boxes and wooden insulators. Si…

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  • Simmons employees in a parade

    Simmons Company, Ernst

    A postcard showing Simmons Company employees in the Kenosha Homecoming Parade. July 1919. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did not initially make mattresses. Their first produ…

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  • Simmons display at Wisconsin Gas and Electric Show

    Simmons Company

    Attendees viewing sofas at the Simmons Company display on the Wisconsin Gas and Electric Show Floor, October 1955. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did not initially make matt…

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  • Simmons employees in factory

    Simmons Company

    Simmons Company employees demonstrating a mechanical hospital bed to an Army representative. Circa 1940s. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did not initially make mattresses. T…

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  • Simmons factory interior

    Simmons Company

    Cutting wood pieces used for cribs and folding chairs manufactured by the Simmons Manufacturing Company. Circa 1900. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did not initially make ma…

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  • Simmons furniture store display

    Simmons Company

    Simmons furniture on display in the Gimbels showroom, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Simmons Company had a Visual Merchandising Program designed to make department store furniture and bedding departmen…

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  • Simmons Simco Band

    Simmons Company

    The Simmons Company Simco Band at an event in Kemper Hall, Kenosha, Wisconsin. Circa 1920. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did not initially make mattresses. Their first prod…

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  • Simmons factory fire

    Simmons Company

    The ruins of the Simmons Manufacturing Company factory after a fire in April 1892 fire, looking south from the Southport Lighthouse. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did not i…

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  • Simmons factory interior

    Simmons Company

    A Simmons Company employee transporting the packed parts of an Arctic Shelter Tent, contracted by the U. S. Army during the Korean War. Simmons often manufactured products for the U.S Military, especi…

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  • Simmons employees

    Simmons Company

    Simmons Manufacturing Company employees. Circa 1910. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did not initially make mattresses. Their first products were cheese boxes and wooden insu…

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  • Simmons furniture store display

    Simmons Company

    Simmons beds and mattresses on display in the Jackson Furniture Company, Oakland, California. The Simmons Company had a Visual Merchandising Program designed to make department store furniture and bed…

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  • Simmons factory employees at work

    Simmons Company

    Simmons Manufacturing Company factory employees fabric stretching and bronzing in the Couch-Making Room. Circa 1910. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did not initially make ma…

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  • Simmons factory exterior

    Simmons Company

    Simmons Manufacturing Company factory viewed from the harbor. Circa 1890. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did not initially make mattresses. Their first products were cheese…

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  • Simmons factory interior

    Simmons Company

    A Simmons Company employee painting wood parts of an Arctic Shelter Tent, contracted by the U. S. Army during the Korean War. Simmons often manufactured products for the U.S Military, especially durin…

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  • Simmons factory interior

    Simmons Company

    Wood room at Simmons Company factory. Circa 1930. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did not initially make mattresses. Their first products were cheese boxes and wooden insulat…

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  • This is the 2,500,000 Beautyrest mattress by Simmons

    Simmons Company

    A 1936 photograph celebrating the production of the 2,500,000th Beautyrest mattress. The man with the hat in his hands is G. D. Wrightson who, 15 years later as senior vice-president and general manag…

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