Bunkers' chairs, 1970s
These chairs, the visual centerpiece of the television show All in the Family, were purchased from a used-furniture store in California. Norman Lear, producer of the show, was clear about the meaning of Archie's chair: "Its symbolism cuts across all generations, cultures, races, times. Everybody's father had a chair, or something akin to itsomeplace that was sacrosanct to him and him alone. In my father's case, for example, it was a red leather chair. We'd never think of sitting in itit was his place." A curator from the National Museum of American History attended the taping of the final episode in March 1978 and acquired the chairs at the suggestion of John Brademas, U.S. representative from Indiana, who urged that they be preserved in the Smithsonian "as part of the cultural legacy of our country."
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