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Shaw Walker: the Color of Decay

Leslie Victor's avatar Leslie Victor

In 1899, two men, A.W. Shaw and L.C. Walker, formed Shaw-Walker and opened shop in the Opera House block in Muskegon, Michigan. They printed and cut 3 x 5 inch index cards, which lead to their first product line called a "system", housing the cards in small wooden cabinets with drawers. They pioneered record-keeping systems and office equipment to help all types of business. Shaw-Walker introduced the first "Built Like a Skyscraper" steel cabinet in 1913. In 1937, the "Low Desk for Comfort", with a new working height of 29 inches versus the old industry standard of 30.5 inches, became the standard we still use today. Shaw-Walker made amazing advances in labor and space-saving equipment into the business office. - from watermarkcenter.com/lofts/history. By 2000, most of the operations had been moved to other locations. Much of the factory is now in decay. This work is edited to highlight the color and grit of the crumbling Muskegon icon on the corner of Division St. and Western Ave.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: Photography
  • Width: 30 inches
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 14 inches