Shorpy Saturday – Pringle Furniture: 1912

By Jeffrey Buck

Furniture sure has changed over the years. In 1912 the selection of furniture was probably somewhat smaller but I would have to imagine the quality and craftsmanship was some of the best. You be the judge as we peer inside of a Detroit furniture showroom.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Pringle Furniture: 1912“:

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1912. “Pringle Furniture Co. showroom with tables and miscellaneous furniture.” Our second peek behind the scenes at this eerily deserted furniture emporium. 8×10 inch glass negative.


Below is a shot of the exterior of the what probably was the storefront:


About Jeffrey S. Buck

I'm currently a Project Manager at Cypress Partners, LLC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. I graduated from Wayne State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism. Looking to broaden my view of the world, I spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Salford, a Greater Manchester University in England. I enjoy doing an array of activities, including following Detroit sports teams, SCUBA diving, traveling, reading, playing tennis, hand-written letters and going to the movies. I am the co-founder of the Woodward Spine, a blog about Detroit and its surrounding communities. The Woodward Spine aims to inform its readers about relevant news and events through creative and informative posts in these core areas: news, opinion, entertainment, history, sports and development. The Woodward Spine serves the tri-county metro Detroit area, concentrating mainly on the communities that lie along the Woodward corridor.
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1 Response to Shorpy Saturday – Pringle Furniture: 1912

  1. Janis Childs says:

    Hello-I have a desk that my grandmother bought from Pringles in Detroit. I have pictures and could send to you. Is it of any worth? It ihas a hinged drop down desk with glass doors above. I have a partial label and I think it was made in 1951. Is that possible? My grandmother died at 96 in 1994.
    Thank you for any information!
    Janis Childs

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