late 1930's vintage american medical hospital examination room freestanding rolled steel supply cabinet with faux wood grain finish


UR #:: UR-14153-12

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Product Description

original and largely intact vintage american hospital examination room cold-rolled steel supply cabinet designed and patented around 1937 by eugene e. vigne of st. louis, mo. the freestanding medical supply cabinet retains the original faux wood grain paint finish. the top or crown and curvaceous base are finished in a glossy baked black paint. the hinged steel cabinet door with rectangular-shaped glass viewing pane has a fully functional barrel lock with original key. the cabinet interior contains three adjustable height plate glass shelves. the pull-out drawers open and close with ease. original black bakelite handles. the "steeline" cabinet was fabricated by the a.s. aloe co., surgical supply dept., st. louis, mo. measures 19 3/4 x 15 x 57 3/4 inches. the streamlined 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.