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Frank Brothers records, 1929-2005

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Series I. Frank Brothers store, 1930-2002 17.2 linear feet (17 boxes, 6 flatfile folders)
Documentation of the Frank Brothers retail store and its related operations comprises this series. It contains an extensive visual record of the store itself, the furnishings they sold and the creations of the store's interior design service, as well as Frank Brothers marketing and promotional materials.
Arrangement
The series is arranged in six subgroups: documentation of the store and showroom, furnishings, interior design, promotions and general publicity, direct mail and print advertising, scrapbooks.
Box
1, 9, 10, 15*, 17 Documentation of store and showroom, circa 1930-1992
Primarily photographic documentation of the Frank Brothers store at 2400 Long Beach Boulevard both in its original 1947 form and after the 1963 expansion and renovation by Edward Killingsworth. Also includes limited material relating to the earlier location of the Cash Furniture store at 219 East 4th St. Also in Flatfiles 1**-5**.
Box
1, 10 Store opening, 1947
Box Folder
1 1 Photographs
1 2 Congratulatory notes
1 2A Press coverage of opening
Box
10 Guest book
Box
1, 17 Expansion and remodeling of store, 1946-1964, undated
Also in Flatfiles 1**-5**.
Box Folder
1 3 Demolition for parking lot, undated
Box Folder
17 1 Ceiling damage, 1962
Box
1, 17 Construction, 1946, 1960-1964, undated
Includes photographs of "Exposed to smoke sale." Also in Flatfiles 1**-5**.
Box Folder
1 4 Black-and-white photographs and notes
Box Folder
17 2 Color photographs
Flatfile
1**-5** Architectural plans and drawings, 1946, 1960-1963, undated
Flatfile
4** Plans for original store by Louis Shoall Miller, 1946
Diazotype with black-and-white photographs attached.
Flatfile
2** Original perspective drawing for exterior of store, circa 1960
Flatfile
1** Diazotypes of floor plans and small original perspective drawing, 1960
Flatfile
3** Floor plans of original and remodeled building on board, undated
Flatfile
5** Copies of Killingsworth plans for store renovation, 1963
Box Folder
1 5 Press coverage of renovations, 1963-1964
Includes related correspondence.
Box
15*, 17 Destruction of 2400 Long Beach Blvd., 1992
Box Folder
15* 1 Press coverage of riots with photograph of Danica ruins
Box Folder
17 3 Demolition of damaged structure
Box
1, 9, 17 General interior and exterior views, 1947-1968, undated
Box Folder
1 6-7 Black-and-white photographs
Box Folder
9 1 Oversize black-and-white photographs
Box Folder
17 3A Slides
Box
1, 17 Views of previous store at 219 E. 4th St., circa 1930-1946
Box Folder
1 8 Black-and-white photographs
Box Folder
17 3B Slides
Box
2, 11, 12, 17, 21 Furnishings, 1945-1983, undated
Documentation of the furnishings carried by the Frank Brothers retail store, primarily photographic, but also includes occasional notes, letters, layouts, sketches, tearsheets, stockbooks, and price lists. Also includes documentation of the custom work done by the upholstery shop.
Box
2, 17 Individual designers and manufacturers, 1945-1979, undated
Box Folder
2 1 Baker, undated
2 1A Drexel, undated
2 2 Charles and Ray Eames (Herman Miller), 1969, undated
Includes correspondence.
Box
2, 17 Glenn of California, 1945, undated
Box Folder
2 3 Trade catalog with Greta Grossman designs, undated
Materials in folder from a disassembled stockbook (binder) containing photographs and printed matter.
Box Folder
17 4 Slides of Stan Young and Milo Baughman designs for Glenn of California, circa 1945
Box Folder
2 3A Sam Maloof, 1968
2 4 Paul McCobb, 1951, undated
2 5 Peter Murdoch child chair, undated
2 6 Neal Small designs, undated
Box Folder
17 5 Thayer Coggins factory views, 1979
Box
2, 12, 17 Frank Brothers departments, 1961-1972, undated
2, 12, 17 Upholstery shop, 1962-1972, undated
Box Folder
2 7-8 Black-and-white photographs, 1972, undated
Box Folder
17 6 Slides and negatives, 1962, undated
Box
12 Stock book with prices and yardage, undated
Box Folder
17 7 Accessories department, 1961, undated
Box Folder
2 11 Ron Frank's notes and price lists, 1981-1983
Includes notes on Danica transition.
2 12 Letters from Maurice Frank to Ed and Ron Frank, 1956
Letters from travel in Europe and Asia include discussion of potential items for the store to stock.
Box
2, 9, 11, 17, 21 Various furnishings, 1950-1972, undated
Box Folder
2 9-10 Papers and black-and-white photographs, 1950-1958, undated
Box Folder
9 4-5 Oversize black-and-white photographs, undated
Box Folder
17 7A Color photographs and transparencies, 1972, undated
Box
11 Album, undated
Box Folder
17 8 Slides, undated
Unidentified slides of interiors and furniture.
Box Folder
21 1-2 Stereo transparencies, undated
21 9 Rolls of negatives, undated
9 5A Press coverage, 1955
Box
3, 9, 13, 19, 21 Interior design services, 1948-1992, undated
Box
3, 9, 19, 21 Projects, 1948-1970, undated
Contains both black-and-white prints and mounted color stereo slides.
Box Folder
19 1 Model home, Tucson, 1948
Box Folder
3 11 The Pilot House, Mutual Housing Association, 1948
Box
3, 19, 21 Maurice and Mary Frank House, 1948-1951, undated
Box Folder
3 12 Black-and-white photographs
Box Folder
19 2-3 Slides and color photograph
Box Folder
21 3 Stereo transparencies
3 13 Opdahl House, 1957
Box
3, 19, 21 Home Show, 1957, 1959
Box Folder
3 14 Black-and-white photographs
Box Folder
19 4 Slides
Box Folder
21 4 Stereo transparencies
Box Folder
19 5 Terra Casa model home, circa 1960
Box Folder
21 6 A.I.D. Show, 1961
Box
3, 9, 19 Pomona Fair projects, 1969-1970
Box Folder
3 15 Documentation, 1970
Box Folder
9 2-3 Press coverage, 1969-1970
Box Folder
19 6-7 Slides, 1969-1970
Box Folder
3 16 Killingsworth office and Clock, Waestman, Clock building, undated
3 17 Philmer Ellerbroek House, undated
Box
19, 21 Bean's house, undated
Box Folder
21 5 Stereo transparencies
Box Folder
19 8 Slides
19 9 College Park model homes, undated
19 10 New Orleans interior job, undated
Box Folder
3 18 Portofino marinapartments, undated
3 19 Marina Tower, undated
3 20 Miscellaneous interior design jobs, undated
Box Folder
13 1-3 Clippings relating to Ed Frank as a designer, 1953-1965
Includes Ed Frank's decorating advice column and participation in "Living with Famous Paintings."
Box Folder
3 21 Stan Young obituary, 1992
Box
3, 5, 15*, 18 Promotions and general publicity, circa 1940-1974, undated
Box Folder
3 11 Window displays, 1947-1950, undated
Includes images from previous store at 219 E. 4th St.
Box
3, 15*, 18 Exhibitions and store events, 1960-1974, undated
Box
3, 18 International Fair, 1960 August
Box Folder
3 1 Invitation and photograph
Box Folder
18 1 Slides
Box
3, 15* Arts of Denmark exhibition, 1961
Box Folder
3 9 Invitation
Box Folder
15* 2 Press coverage
Box Folder
18 2 Knoll exhibition, 1967 February
Box
3, 18 See-Thru exhibition, 1967 August
Box Folder
3 2 Invitation
Box Folder
18 3 Slides
Box
3, 18 Italian exhibition, 1967 October
Box Folder
3 2A Press coverage
Box Folder
18 4 Slides
Box
3, 18 Selections from California Design, 1968 April
Box Folder
3 3 Invitation
Box Folder
18 5 Slides
Box
15*, 18 Around the Clock bedroom exhibition, 1968 August
Box Folder
18 6 Slides
Box Folder
15* 3 John Nyquist plans for bed in exhibit, 1968
Box Folder
18 7 Eames exhibition, 1968 November
Box
3, 15*, 18 New Forms exhibition, 1969 February
Box Folder
3 4 Invitation
Box Folder
15* 4 Press coverage
Box Folder
18 8 Slides
Box
3, 18 Neal Small exhibition, 1969 August
Box Folder
3 5 Invitation
Box Folder
15* 4A Press coverage
Box Folder
18 9 Slides
Box
3, 15*, 18 Emotional Eye exhibition, 1970 March
Box Folder
3 6 Invitation
Box Folder
15* 5 Press coverage
Box Folder
18 10 Slides
Box Folder
3 7 Debut '72 exhibition, 1972 September
Box
3, 18 44 Years exhibition, 1974 October
Box Folder
3 8 Black-and-white photographs
Box Folder
18 10 Slides
Box
3, 18 Various event and exhibition photographs, 1950-1972, undated
Box Folder
3 10 Black-and white photographs
Box Folder
18 10A Slides
Box
5, 13 General publicity, 1951-1971, undated
Box Folder
5 6-7 Black-and-white photographs, undated
5 8-9 Promotional materials, 1951-1971
Box Folder
13 6 Oversize materials, 1958-1968
Box
3, 15* General press coverage, 1948-1971, undated
Box Folder
15* 6 Newspaper clippings, 1948-1970
Box Folder
3 22 Magazine articles and photocopies, 1965-1971, undated
Box
4, 5, 13, 15*, 19 Direct mail and print advertising, 1949-2002
Also in Flatfile 6**.
Box
4, 13 Direct mail, circa 1958-1981, undated
Also in Flatfile 6**.
Box Folder
4 1-3 Sales events, circa 1958-1981
Also in Flatfile 6**.
4 1 Anniversary sale mailers, 1958-1981
Flatfile
6** 33rd anniversary sale posters and prints, 1963
Drawing by Carlos Diniz.
Box Folder
4 2 Summer and June sale mailers undated
4 3 Special sale mailers, undated
4 4 Holiday mailer, undated
Also includes holiday cards and pamphlets with gift ideas, recipes and ideas for holiday entertaining.
Box Folder
13 4-5 Cybernetic Art holiday mailer, undated
Box Folder
4 5 Miscellaneous mailers and announcements, undated
Box
5, 15*, 19 Advertising, 1949-2002
Box Folder
5 1 Advertising awards, 1958-1959, undated
Box
5, 19 Arts and Architecture advertising, 1949-1962
Box Folder
5 2-3 Print copies
Box Folder
19 11 Slides
Slides of published advertising in Arts & Architecture, includes reproductions of images used in ads.
Box Folder
5 4-5 Advertising artwork, undated
5 10 Press coverage of advertising and direct mail, 1967-1969, undated
Box Folder
15* 7 Review of book by Jim Heimann on graphic design featuring Frank Brothers advertising, 2002
Box
22*-23* Scrapbooks, 1947-1975
Includes newspaper and magazine clippings, tearsheets, awards and certificates, mailers and advertisements.
Series II. Moreddi, 1957-1971, undated 2.6 linear feet (3 boxes, 1 flatfile folder)
This series is comprised of material related to Moreddi, the furniture import side of the Frank family business, run by Ed Frank after the business was divided in 1965. Included here are correspondence, advertising and press coverage relating to the company, but of particular interest are the trade catalogs and photographs of Moreddi furniture.
Arrangement
Arranged by topic.
Box
6, 20, 21 Designs, 1958-1967, undated
Also in Flatfile 7**.
Box Folder
6 1-2 "Presenting the Moreddi Collection" catalog, undated
Box Folder
20 1 Showroom display, undated
20 2 Moreddi Collection, 1958
Box Folder
6 3-4 Wood furniture, undated
6 3 Trade catalog
6 4 Photographs of designs with price lists
Contents from binder; includes photographs, prices, dimensions and specifications of furniture finishes.
Box
6, 21 Upholstered furniture, undated
Box Folder
6 5 Black-and-white photographs
Box Folder
21 7 Stereo transparencies
Box Folder
6 6 Edward Frank patent for convertible couch, 1962
Flatfile
7** Edward Frank drawing of desk cabinet with storage, 1967
Box Folder
7 1-3 Correspondence, 1957-1969, undated
Primarily letters from Ed Frank to Maurice Frank reporting on buying trips to Europe. Also includes images and price lists for some of the furnishings discussed.
Box
13, 16* Press coverage, 1965-1971
Box Folder
16* 1 Furnishings, 1965-1971
Box Folder
13 7 Interview with Ed Frank, 1969
Box Folder
16* 2-4 Moreddi employee embezzling case, 1965
Box Folder
9 6 Advertising, 1957-1966
Series III. Frank family papers, 1929-2005 1.6 linear feet (3 boxes)
Personal papers of the various members of the Frank family comprise this series. The material consists primarily of family photographs, but also contains items such as documents related to Ed Frank's military service and cartoons drawn by Ron Frank. Of particular interest is the documentation of Ed Frank's home, Case Study House #25, designed by his high-school friend, Edward Killingsworth.
Arrangement
Arranged by family member.
Box Folder
8 1 Louis and Rose Frank, circa 1930-1950
Family photographs, obituary.
Box
8, 9, 13, 14, 16*, 20 Edward Frank, 1929-2005
Box
14 Scrapbook, 1929-1932
Scrapbook contains family photographs and ephemera with notations.
Box Folder
13 8 Certificates and diplomas, 1929-1957
8 2 Military service, 1941-1945
8 4 Portraits and promotional material, undated
Box
8, 9, 16*, 20 Case Study House # 25, 1955-2000
Box Folder
8 3 Photographs, circa 1962-1963
Black-and-white photographs, and clippings documenting the construction and finished house of Edward Frank in Naples, California designed by Killingsworth/Brady.
Box Folder
20 3 Slides, 1962
Includes color slides of ground breaking ceremonies and slides of magazine editorials on the finished house.
Box Folder
16* 5 Newspaper clippings, 1963
Box Folder
9 7-9 Magazine articles, 1955-2000
Includes other material relating to Edward Killingsworth.
9 10 Preservation award, 1993
Box Folder
16* 6 Obituaries, 2005
Box Folder
8 5 Miscellaneous, 1957-1990, undated
Box
8, 9, 21 Maurice Frank, undated
Box Folder
8 6 Black-and-white portraits
Box Folder
9 11 Oversize portraits
Box Folder
21 8 Stereo transparencies
Also includes Bruce Hill and Bill Lassiter.
Box
8, 20 Ron Frank, 1972-1992, undated
8, 20 Portraits, 1977, undated
Box Folder
8 7 Black-and-white photographs, undated
Box Folder
20 4 Color photographs and slides, 1977, undated
Box Folder
8 8 General interviews, 1972-1982
8 9 Cartoons, undated
Box Folder
20 5-6 Color photographs related to travel and Frank Brothers events, 1979-1992, undated
Box
8, 20 Miscellaneous, undated
Box Folder
8 10 Papers
Box Folder
20 7 Slides


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