In the early 1900s, the country’s biggest appliance retailers, like the Montgomery Ward, were struggling.
But the industry was able to catch on.
“At the beginning of the century, people were very excited about the idea of buying a piece of furniture or a piece that would be used for a long time,” said Jim O’Neill, a vintage appliance buyer at the Houston-based O’Neil Group.
The idea appealed to some customers.
One was a Houstonian named James J. “Buddy” Follins, who was also a wealthy man who lived in the city’s posh Hillcrest neighborhood.
He bought an old kitchen appliance called a “stove.”
“It had a stove that had a burner on the top and an iron bar on the bottom, and the top of the stove was kind of like a grill, so you could heat up a bit of oil, or just oil up a little bit of water, and you could boil some soup,” Follis said.
Follins was a devoted amateur cook, and he loved the idea that he could bring his homemade cooking to his friends.
A few years later, he moved his family to the upscale Westheimer neighborhood, where the community’s restaurants had been serving up good meals.
At the time, the city had an affordable housing program, and Follines family could afford to live there.
In 1919, Follys wife, Mary, bought him a new stove that was a replica of the one he’d already owned.
Follists new stove made him feel like a part of the community.
It was a little difficult to get the stove in his hand, but he had no problem making a big fire and keeping his eyes open, O’Nan said.
“He was the first person I ever met that really liked the idea, so it’s kind of funny,” O’Nean said of Foll’s wife.
Soon, Fells stove was a favorite at his friends homes, and when Follings grandson, Henry, wanted to open a new store, he bought a stove and gave it to his brother-in-law, George.
O’Neill recalled that George Follinson loved cooking and liked his old stove.
George Follin was the kind of man who had the patience to build things and make them work.
“You know, I’m always telling him, ‘You know what?
I’m not going to be around to build a stove, George,” O.
When George Finson died in 1921, the stove’s ashes were left behind.
Then, in the early 1930s, Folls granddaughter, Alice, bought the stove and set about turning it into a kitchen cabinet, a fixture that would become known as a “lamona.”
Alice Follison said her grandfather had been so kind to her family that he gave them a gift certificate for a lamona cabinet.
As she put it, he was a “kindhearted man.”
“We were just happy to have something to take back to our family,” Alice Follson said.
Fols family would eventually sell the lamona to a local antique dealer for $1.00.
Over time, as the popularity of appliances grew, so did the demand for vintage items.
There were many items like a Lamona cabinet that would eventually end up on the auction block, including an appliance that was used to build the original American Civil War fortifications.
This item, known as the “hamlet door,” was used by both sides in the war.
The door was used as a way to lock the door behind the attackers during the attack.
That door has been on the market for more than a century.
While the idea to turn a kitchen into a home has become more popular over the years, there are still a few things you should know about vintage appliances.
For example, you don’t have to be a collector to collect vintage appliances, and not everyone will have the right to own a Lamonas cabinet.
But if you’re a collector, the process of getting a Lamonea cabinet is easy.
You can buy one online, and a seller will send you an invoice for a few hundred dollars.
You can even get a Lamontas cabinet from an antique store.
What to look for before buying a vintage cabinetFor the best price on a vintage Lamona, check out our guide to the best vintage appliances for sale.
For more, visit the official Lamona website.
If you’re looking for more information on the history of the original lamonas, we have a video below that explains the history and design of the door.