July 20, 2017
This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
Getting outside and enjoying the weather, taking a ride in the country, visiting small towns or just admiring the Flint Hills is something many of us like to do. In July of 1925, the automobile gave many just that opportunity. A number of conveniences for the tourist had been invented for preparing and keeping food hot or cold while on an excursion. There were elegant and perfectly equipped luncheon boxes and baskets, but until that year no one had invented a table on which a luncheon could be served to travelers when they wanted to stop along the roadside for a meal either inside or outside of the car.
The folding table filled that gap. It was advertised as being perfect in any car and gave tourists assurance that luncheon may be served at any place or at any time – rain or shine. And…. it was not necessary to leave the car. After lunch, the table could be used for playing cards or writing a letter that needed to be posted at the next stop. When not in use, the table folded and hung out of the way from the robe rail or it could be folded flat to lie on the floor of the car. This traveling table was invented by Mrs. George A. Rockwell, a prominent citizen of Junction City. She applied for a patent on it in 1915 and had the tables manufactured by a furniture factory in St. Louis. Mrs. Rockwell was expecting to establish agencies in most of the large cities to promote and sell her table, which seemed to have been a forerunner to today’s…..folding t.v. trays.
And… that’s today’s story on “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.