Images of Early America exhibition

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1976

The Eames Office designed and produced the exhibition, Images of Early America, for Herman Miller as part of its celebration of the United States Bicentennial.  The small exhibition of photographs was installed in the lobby of the furniture company’s Los Angeles showroom in 1976.  

The images included exterior and interior views of existing structures dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, from government buildings, homes, and mansions to churches, college buildings, and farms. 

After the exhibition, the Eames Office created a limited-edition companion book of color photographs (also titled Images of Early America) that Herman Miller published and distributed as a bicentennial gift to staff and customers. 

Charles and staff members Bill Tondreau and Alex Funke took all the photographs for both the exhibition and the book.