Union Made

Our back steps project is going rather slowly (since the discovery of hardwood floors on the landings and my subsequent apathy toward the hard work of refinishing them). But, when I was tearing out the trim back there in order to remove the linoleum floors, I did discover this:

This was stamped on the back of the oak baseboard. It reads:

District of Cook County, Illinois
Union Made
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
Organized 1881 Registered 1903

A little history of the stamp here.

There’s something beautiful about that, huh? Something that makes that oak baseboard even more worth restoring. You can’t find that at Lowe’s!


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