all original c. 1940's vintage medical doctor examination room "whitekraft" baked enameled steel storage cabinet with rail guard


UR #:: UR-13427-12

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Product Description

original early 1940's american vintage medical doctor examination room stationary supply cabinet and/or workstation. retains the original "whitekraft" baked enameled finish of cold-rolled steel. the cabinet contains two pull-out drawers and a single oversized cabinet door. the unique streamlined style chrome plated pressed steel drawer and/or cabinet pulls are original and intact. the black formica tabletop remains in great shape, considering age. the solid steel three-sided rail guard is secured tightly in place. the step-back base retains the original black enameled finish. the vintage medical cabinet was fabricated by the a.s. aloe co., surgical supply dept., st. louis, mo. measures 20 1/2 x 16 x 31 1/2 inches. the art moderne style a.s. aloe company building was built in 1940 and stood on the northeast corner of olive and 19th street in st. louis, mo. the building was built for the a.s. aloe company, sellers of medical and surgical supplies. the exterior exhibits a strong, geometric composition, with dramatic rows of horizontal windows capped off with simple raised lettering. the graphics of the entryway are bold and unmistakable. the building makes clean use of simple elements to create a form that delights in its strength and simplicity. with its ornamental signs and lettering stripped away, the a.s. aloe building was demolished in fall of 1996. the site today is a parking lot. the cornerstone contained a time capsule, containing company catalogues and medical journals, as well as a hand-written letter from company president howard f. baer.