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The Barcalounger chair was introduced by the Barcalo Manufacturing Company of Buffalo, New York, which eventually became the Barcalounger Company. The chairs are currently produced in Morristown, Tennessee.
After the company filed for bankruptcy in 2010, it shuttered its facilities in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and Martinsville, Virginia, then restarted manufacturing at the plant in Morristown, Tennessee, in 2011, for manufacture of the Barcalounger chair. It is owned by the private equity firm Hancock Park Associates.
Barcalo Manufacturing also made beds in Welland, Ontario, under the Quality Beds name in the first decade of the 20th century.
Development of the "coffee break"
In popular culture
In Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1965), Barcaloungers make an appearance in a reference to Kilgore Trout's novel 2 B R 0 2 B, where they provide luxury seating for wannabe suicides, with government encouragement; "2 B R 0 2 B" is actually a 1962 Vonnegut short story in which Barcaloungers do not figure. In the same author's Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Billy Pilgrim is strapped to a yellow Barcalounger in the alien's flying saucer as he is abducted and taken to their planet.
In John Updike's Rabbit Is Rich (1981), a Barcalounger originally belonging to Grandpa Fred Stringer looms large in the tensions between Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom and his son Nelson.
In Cheers season 11, episode 8, Norm brings a Barcalounger into the bar for Thanksgiving dinner.
In the "Call Me Irresponsible" episode of another hit NBC sitcom, Frasier (Season 1, Episode 7), the eponymous star brings a new girlfriend Catherine (played by Amanda Donohoe) home. They are about to have sex on the chair belonging to Marty Crane (Frasier's father). Frasier exclaims "I won't be out-performed by a Barcalounger" before moving to the couch.
A 7-inch single by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes was called "In Your Barcalounger".
There is a mention in the (2003) film Runaway Jury, making a point that the average juror does not have a vested interest in the court proceeding but that they would rather sit at home in their Barcalounger watching cable TV.
- Thomas, Larry (11 October 2011). "Barcalounger Unveiling U.S.-Made Line". Furniture Today. Sandow Media LLC. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
- "Barcalo of Buffalo". Western New York Heritage Press. Archived from the original on 6 May 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
- Laffler, William (12 November 1965). "Coffee Breaks Cost Industry $4 Billion Yearly". The Daily Messenger. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
Some think it began during World War II. although the coffee break began shortly after the beginning of the 20th Century. Associated Industries of New York state reports the coffee break originated in 1902 at the Barcalo Manufacturing Co. in Buffalo. Alban W. Kirton, retired vice president of Barcalo, told UPI recently that in those days there were no automobiles and men and women had to get to work by riding a bicycle or trolley. They usually were at work at 8 o'clock in the morning, Kirton recalled. "Lunch time at 12:30 p.m. seemed a pretty long stretch off, so one of the men suggested having a break for coffee at 10 a.m.." Kirton said. "A'mid-afternoon break also helped to tide us over to dinner."
- Feintzeig, Rachel (2010-11-01). "Bankruptcy Sale Births New Barcalounger". WSJ. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
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