Uncanny photos of MCM hospital furniture, 12 original 8x10 silver gelatin prints.
Twelve 8x10 silver gelatin prints in Very Good condition with some surface soil and bumping to corners, slight curling. Housed in a plain box with buffered tissue interleaves. 11 photos of furnishings and a bonus shot of five men standing around an obstetrics table, one of them grinning, his hand on the dial of a large medical device that he's casually leaning on during what looks like a fake demonstration.
One of the images is a catalog-ready composite of three side tables, the other ten object photos show the company's stylized hospital furniture in different stages of pre-production, some floating in space. Some almost appear at miniature scale–an interior exam room looks particularly like a hospital dollhouse. Photos of the exam tables show the artifice of the setting, with the paper "wall" and a sloppily unrolled “floor” bruised with bootprints still in the frame. The photos themselves have some surface marking and bumped corners consistent with cavalier handling.
The Carrom Company initially went bankrupt after breaking into the institutional furniture field in 1939, but reemerged as Carrom Industries around 1942, delving into the hospital furniture market. The company was bought and sold a few more times; its medical furniture division was purchased by Shampaine Industries in 1951. Today the Carrom brand survives mostly in its Games Division, which manufactures foosball tables that are possibly similar in size and silhouette to the obstetrics exam table photographed here. They don't get any less nuts to look at.