Business: Furniture Comeback

The adaptability of the automobile to familiar uses of the sofa, such as long talks, love-making and sleep, was a minor worry to furniture manufacturers long before 1929. A major worry was the fact that efficient mass production of automobiles gave buyers more for their money than they could get in walnut or fumed oak. In the 1920s automobiles displaced furniture as "Public Want No. 2" (No. 1—necessities of food and clothing) and contributed to the decline in furniture sales which began in 1927 after an all-time peak of $800,000,000 the preceding year....