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Vroom Brothers
About 1900, 19th century or 20th century
75.6 x 71.1 cm
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Keys to History

The end of the Victorian era witnessed a significant shift in furniture designs and interior decoration. The ornate styles of the 19th century gave way to more practical and simpler designs. The small, locally owned factories that produced custom-made furniture all but disappeared, replaced by manufacturers producing inexpensive, mass-produced pieces. Their furnishings were often sold through mail-order catalogues, thus making them more widely available.

The basic design and unadorned appearance of this Vroom Bros. lamp table illustrates the transition from hand-made to assembly line, mass-produced products in the furniture industry of the early 1900s.

  • What

    Bookcases, wardrobes, writing desks, curtain cornices and picture frames were just some of the items designed and produced by the Vroom Bros. Furniture Company.

  • Where

    The Vroom Bros. Furniture Company opened a pair of warehouses and a large factory in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, about 100 kilometres west of Saint John, on the Canada-US border.

  • When

    Established shortly after 1877, the Vroom Bros. Furniture Company continued operations until 1910.

  • Who

    William (1848-1924) and Edwin (1850-1932) Vroom together founded the Vroom Bros. furniture factory, but Edwin was the driving force behind the successful business.