Industrial Card File Cabinet - Dark Green With Brass Pull "Industrial Chic Charm"


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For some of America it was the "Summer of Love" in 1967 but for the young Al Kyle, it was the "Summer of Tree Love" as he had taken a summer job manning a forest fire watch tower in the wilds of northern Idaho. Al really did love trees so nobody had to twist his arm to spend the day scanning the endless forests of Idaho looking for smoke. When he wasn't up in the tower, he was out in the woods cataloging tree species and the various flora that he found on the forest floor. He would scribble all of his information on 4" X 6" index cards and then once back up in the tower, he'd place them in an old green metal card filing cabinet that he kept next to the radio on a desk.

One afternoon, after making his regular radio check with headquarters, his elbow caught the file box as he turned and knocked it off the desk and onto the floor. His entire collection of "tree cards" cascaded across the floor and ended up entirely out of alphabetical order. He bent down to gather the cards up and and then spread them all out on the desk to sort them out one-by-one. It wasn't until he got to "Western White Pines" did he realize that he was still missing some cards. He scanned the floor below and there in the far corner were several cards that he had overlooked earlier. He walked over and bent down to pick them up. As he rose up he was facing the southeast and he glanced out the tower window. To his surprise, there was what appeared to be a column of smoke rising from the forest below. He grabbed his binoculars and sure enough, there was definitely smoke about 10 miles out.

Al reeled around to reach for the radio receiver and quickly called in the fire coordinates to headquarters. They were able to contain the fire to one acre that day, ironically all due to Al's love for trees.

This heavy-duty industrial age card file box has a wonderful patina from years of use. It was made by Pressteel Universal, probably in the 1940s - 1950s. It is made of heavy gauge steel, painted in its original dark forest green and features a beautiful brass pull. It is 15" long, 7" wide and 5" high and it weighs approx. 8.5 lbs. It holds cards up to 4" X 6" with a sliding divider inside the single drawer. The manufacturers decal is still intact and adhered to the top of the cabinet. This box is ready for your retro-themed office or for repurposed in your industrial chic decor--great for storing remote controls, old photos, etc.

This file drawer has the perfect patina of scratches, scuffs and surface rust to make it a unique piece. No dents or major structural issues. The inside is clean and the drawer slides smoothly.

Shipping price is for the lower 48 USA states only and this item will probably ship via FedEx Ground to the lower 48 USA States, Please be sure and provide a physical shipping address (no PO Boxes). We can also ship it to Alaska/Hawaii/US Territories but it will run a little more for shipping by USPS Parcel--Convo us for a shipping rate prior to purchasing for those locations.

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Shipping from United States

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Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery

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I don't accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
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  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)

Returns and exchange details

At the Leaping Lemming, We like happy customers! Upon receipt of your purchased item, check for any shipping damage and Convo or email us ASAP if there is shipping damage or other issues.

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