• Simmons furniture store display

    Simmons Company

    A store display of Simmons Company bedroom furniture. Circa 1930s. The Simmons Company had a Visual Merchandising Program designed to make department store furniture and bedding departments as “glamor…

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  • Simmons factory interior

    Simmons Company

    Factory workers at the Automatic Weaving Machines in Simmons Manufacturing Company factory. Circa early 20th century. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did not initially make m…

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  • Simmons factory employee at work

    Simmons Company

    Factory worker at sewing machine. Circa early 20th century. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did not initially make mattresses. Their first products were cheese boxes and wood…

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  • Simmons factory interior

    Simmons Company

    Simmons Company employees assembling the 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…

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  • Simmons furniture display

    Simmons Company

    A living room display showing a Simmons sofa, model UH 2409-101. Circa 1957. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did not initially make mattresses. Their first products were chee…

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  • Simmons factory interior

    Simmons Company

    Side-rail foundry at Simmons Manufacturing Company. Simmons turned out up to six miles of side rails in one day. Circa early 20th century. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did…

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  • Simmons factory fire

    Simmons Company

    A closer view of the Simmons Manufacturing Company factory, still smoking after the April 1892, viewed from Lake Michigan. Cropped from a wider shot, here you can see the factory workers on the beach…

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  • Simmons plant main entrance

    Simmons Company

    The main entrance of the Simmons Company plant, Kenosha, Wisconsin. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did not initially make mattresses. Their first products were cheese boxes…

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  • Simmons factory interior

    Simmons Company

    Simmons Company employees packing 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 during times…

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  • Simmons "S" stone

    Simmons Company

    A stone bearing the Simmons “S,” salvaged from the demolition of the Simmons Company plant. The plant later became American Motors, and then Chrysler’s lakefront plant before being razed on June 29, 1…

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  • Simmons employees outside plant

    Simmons Company

    The Simmons Company Old Timers Group in front of the Simmons plant. 1946. 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 parade float

    Simmons Company

    A Simmons Company parade float. Circa 1940s. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did not initially make mattresses. Their first products were cheese boxes and wooden insulators.…

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  • Simmons employees outside plant

    Simmons Company

    Simmons Company employees in front of ivy-covered walls of the Simmons plant. Circa 1920s. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did not initially make mattresses. Their first prod…

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  • Simmons factory exterior

    Simmons Company

    The original Simmons Manufacturing Company factory in 1890 before it burned down in a three day fire in April 1892. A new factory was built in its place that same year. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Si…

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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

    Simmons Company employees folding an Arctic Shelter Tent, contracted by the U. S. Army during the Korean War. Simmons often manufactured products for the U.S Military, especially during times of war.…

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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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  • Simmons factory exterior

    Kenosha Industrial News

    An aerial view of the Simmons Company plant on Kenosha’s lakefront. This illustration was done for the “Kenosha Industrial News” publication in June, 1939. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Si…

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  • Simmons employee at work

    Simmons Company

    A Simmons Company employee at a drafting table. February 23, 1961. Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did not initially make mattresses. Their first products were cheese boxes a…

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  • Simmons 85th anniversary event

    Simmons Company

    An event celebrating 85 years of the Simmons Company. From left to right: unknown; Grant Simmons, Jr.; Joe Quarles, Manager, Central Division; Ralph Kingsley; Eugene Baker; Ed McCaffery 1955. Founded…

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