Looking Back 60 Years at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

In 2013, Sturbridge Yankee Workshop celebrated its 60th anniversary as a company. Customers and loyal fans were delighted to discover a variety of exclusive designs in honor of the celebration, in addition to celebratory contests and special looks at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop’s past through historical articles and videos. As 2013 came to an end and our 60th Anniversary made way for our 61st year, we took one final look at how far we have come since our founding in 1953.

1963 SYW Catalog Cover

Stafford Chair and Ottoman

Quality Upholstery For Your Home

We have been a long standing destination for furniture and home furnishings since we opened our doors in 1953. The pages of our catalogs are graced with early American style, Colonial reproductions and authentic classics. Today we continue to feature many of the same styles as they did 60 years ago, offering the same quality and attention to detail. For example, our customer favorites, the Stafford and Kingfield Chairs are crafted in America; a welcome addition to the wide range of made in the USA products that we have to offer. In 1963 we offered what was called "Our Special Chair," available in five prints, most notably the color Breen: "brown with overtones of green."

Kingfield Chair and Ottoman 1963 SYW "Our Special Chair"

Early American Chairs & Their Modern Cousins

Long standing customer favorite items such as the range of Windsor and ladderback style chairs, rockers and stools have been carried for 60 years. In the 1963 Sturbridge Yankee Workshop catalog, ladderback chairs were offered in seven finishes; today they are available in a country complementary range of five.

Ladderback chairs, according to our 1963 catalog, are said to have arrived in America on the Mayflower, making them historical treasures for any home then and now.

 Windsor Rocker
Ladderback Seating Collection1963 Wood Chair Styles

1963 Windsor and Ladderback Styles

Early SYW Article Snippet

Articles, Then and Now

Since our founding, we have featured home decorating tips and tricks throughout the pages of our catalog. Today we continue to feature similar articles (like the one you're reading now) here on our website and on our blog. Here we show just a snippet of what an article on the history of pewter looked like in our earliest days of catalog production. We also have many videos that feature our products, including assembly videos and extra special looks at our history and our items. We hope you enjoy browsing through our articles just as much as you enjoy browsing through our catalog!

 Keeping True to Our Roots

Here at Sturbridge, we strive to be better each day while continuing to honor and learn from our past. As a company with 60 years of business experience, this is a task that we undertake with much pride. Our products have been customer favorites for over 60 years, and we look forward to serving you, our valued customer, for many years to come. We thank you for sharing this year of celebration with us.

 Historical SYW Photo
1964 SYW Catalog Call Out