The Bench

When we lived in Monterey, California I had a friend who enjoyed bargain hunting as much as I did. One of our adventures led us to a small shop in Santa Cruz, California. There we found two identical benches. IMG_5975The woman who ran the shop said the benches were from an expo in San Francisco and that a woman had bought a bunch of them to use for her daughter’s outside wedding. When the seat is flipped up it does say Exposition Auditorium. IMG_5977San Francisco had two big expos — the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (also called the World’s Fair) and the Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940. I’m not sure if the bench is from one of those two events or not. No matter, I love it. The back is one long piece of wood that’s been curved. IMG_5976

The seats all flip up.IMG_5978

And it also folds flat against the wall. IMG_5986It’s very comfortable to sit on and has become one of our favorite pieces.

  6 comments for “The Bench

  1. Sherry Swaggart
    October 30, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    The bench looks like it belongs on the beach. Pretty amazing purchase!

    • October 30, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      People have also thought it might have been on a ship!

  2. Ruth Nixon
    October 31, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Maybe an old movie house. I usher at an old Opera House and I’ve seen some , not in use, in the lobby to show old pieces from the opera house.

  3. October 31, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    What a fab find! Great extra seating when you have a crowd, and looks good even when you don’t! I could envision this in a wide entry hall.

    • October 31, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      It is great extra seating — it’s been in a number of different rooms as we’ve moved from place to place.

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