Museum Monday: Goodbye old sofa!

Sofa in the 1960s/1970s gallery

Over the last year I’ve certainly come to love the couch from our 1960s/70s gallery, So You Say You Want a Revolution. “I think my friends have a couch like that,” many people say, laughing about the longevity (albeit tattered condition) of the old sofa and how it seemed to symbolize every student household or artist space even through to today.

Sadly, last week, the old brown couch had to go into retirement. The sofa was from around 1935, and lived in the “hippie house”, where it served for many years as a back drop to photo shoots and children playing dress up.

We’re now on the hunt for a new (to us) sofa, and maybe you can help!

We’re looking for a vintage sofa that is pre 1960s (afterall, hippies in the 1970s didn’t have money for new couches!). Something that might be living in your basement or attic will be suitable. Ideally it will be well-used, maybe even a few tears, certainly some stains, but please, not re-upholstered.

Have a couch? Email Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Joan, at jseidl (at)  

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