Category Archives: Throwback Thursdays

Throwback Thursday: Factory Line Machines

Since the early years, our factory lines have featured a vast array of assembly machines — many of which were designed, patented, and built by Leggett & Platt employees.

Throwback Thursday: Leggett’s Inventions

The approval of J.P. Leggett’s 1885 bedspring design by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was one of the many spring-related creations that served as a foundation for our company.

While he excelled in his knowledge of bedsprings, his inventive mind was not confined to this topic. During his lifetime, Leggett also patented other unique ideas, including an “Endless Necktie”, “Target Trap” for throwing clay pigeons, “Lid for Tea Kettles” and his “Motor Vehicle Transmission System.” (Drawings courtesy of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. )

Throwback Thursday: Preparing for Shipment

This photo shows a section of the shipping room of the Carthage factory in the early 1930’s. This particular area was devoted to crating innerspring units on the Leggett-designed compressed-air baler. Innerspring units arrived at the crating area from the assemblers via an overhead track  and were placed on the crating press (far left) for compression into bundles. The man shown on the right uses a wheelbarrow to deliver crated units to the warehouse.

Throwback Thursday: L&P’s First Factory

For the first 12 years, our founders produced their bedsprings alongside farm equipment at the C.D. Platt Plow Works plant, founded in 1873 by C.B. Platt’s father.

Finally, in 1890, the first Leggett & Platt bedspring factory opened at the corner of Second and Maple Streets in Carthage. Although the first and fourth individuals in this photo (pictured left to right) are unidentified, the rest include Kansas farmer Sam Smith, George D. Leggett, Carthage plumber Karl Speece, J.P. Leggett, and C.B. Platt.

Throwback Thursday: First Steps in Texas

L&P completed construction on our original Dallas factory in the 1930s. This early aerial photo shows the facility located on Oak Lawn Avenue in what is now downtown Dallas. Within the next decade, due primarily to city politics and the increasing value of the property, L&P sold the land and moved its operations 35 miles south to Ennis, Texas.

The original plant in Ennis, Texas (below) produced innersprings, all-wire bedsprings, and some furniture components. By the end of 1948, L&P was already planning the facility’s first expansion.

Throwback Thursday: Relax!

This business-to-business marketing advertisement from the 80’s says it all. Some of the most comfortable chairs start at L&P —even after all these years!

Throwback Thursday: Sleep Well

Sleep well and you keep well. Happy Throwback Thursday!

Advertisement from The Taylor Daily Press. September 24, 1923 ⁠(Taylor, Texas)

Throwback Thursday: Double Bunk Beds!

We love this vintage L&P newspaper ad almost as much as kids love bunk beds.

Vintage ad from the Maryville Daily Forum
April 16, 1958

Throwback Thursday: Platt-Porter’s Coffee

We love our coffee here at L&P. Apparently, Cornelius Platt did too.

Here’s an ad from his venture into wholesale groceries with George Porter (this was in addition to his partnership with J.P. Leggett). Legend has it that in 1926, Platt and Porter roasted and ground 200,000 pounds of green coffee beans that yielded 165,000 pounds of coffee.

Throwback Thursday: Leggett-Platt Pinsters

This throwback for your Thursday proves it: Even in 1948 we had a lot of winners on our team!

(Corsicana Daily Sun, Jan 23, 1948)