Telescope: By the Numbers (100 of them)


Telescope’s 5 S’s and 8 Wastes are two examples of practices that help the company streamline its production process. (Jeff Foley / For NYVT Media)

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Manufacturing facilities in U.S.

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Telescope “family cats” in the main office. Names: Ginger and Loey

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Company names in history of the family-owned Telescope (Telescope Cot Bed & Novelty Co., Telescope Folding Furniture Co., Telescope Casual Furniture); also, employees in the wood department

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Showrooms in U.S.: Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, High Point (N.C.)

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Company leaders (CEOs, presidents) in Telescope’s history

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Pictures of younger relatives in the office of Marketing and Advertising Manager Kait Warren

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Members of company’s board of directors

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Employees in the shipping and warehouse department

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Company logos over the years; also, employees in the tool and die department

Telescope’s logo before 1921, one of nine the company has had over the years (Courtesy of Telescope Casual Furniture)

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Year in the 1900s in which a sawmill opened in West Pike, Pennsylvania. The wooden parts for Telescope’s cots were produced there.

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Decades Telescope has been in Granville (first decade: 1920-1929); also, employees in the polymer department

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Supervisors in the factory

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Decades Telescope has been in business (first decade: 1900-1909)

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American flags in Granville facility; also, employees in the tables department

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Years of warranty on most Telescope products

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Approximate age of Alfred Vanderminden when he and his father – company founder Henry J.W. Vanderminden Sr. – sailed their boat down the Hudson River and the Intercoastal Waterway and sold it in Florida to Henry Flagler, a founder of the Standard Oil Co.

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Employees in the powdercoat department

Mike Picard inspects a tabletop in the powdercoat department, which has 17 employees. (Jeff Foley / For NYVT Media)

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Seat height, in inches, of Telescope’s Plymouth Bay Bench picnic table

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Year in the 2000s that Telescope received the Manufacturer of the Year Award from the International Casual Furnishings Association

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Years Kathy Juckett has been CEO

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Employees in the maintenance department

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Age of Maxx Juckett, a Telescope employee and one of five Juckett siblings who work at the company

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Page in the 2022 company catalog in which furniture covers are pictured

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Diameter, in feet, of iconic water tower

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Approximate number of employees in 1921

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Lists of potential fabrics for cushions posted on one bulletin board on company campus

This bulletin board on the company campus contains 26 lists of potential fabrics for cushions. (Jeff Foley / For NYVT Media)

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Weight, in pounds, of the Ashbee Cushion arm chair

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Pages in first catalog pictured on company website (1927); also, new products being introduced in 2022

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Page in 2022 company catalog on which the Nola MGP table-and-chair set is featured

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Feral cats re-homed by the company within the past few years

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Year in the 1900s in which the company’s first catalog with a model on the cover is published

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Collections in the company’s 2022 catalog

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Age of Kait Warren, marketing and advertising manager and one of five Juckett siblings who work at the company

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Years that Henry Vanderminden IV has worked at Telescope; he’s the current company president

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Age of Greta Pisani, a sales and marketing employee and one of five Juckett siblings who work at the company

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Products in Telescope’s 2022 Collection

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Sewing machines in the Granville facility

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Age of Sarah Warren, textile and merchandising director and one of five Juckett siblings who work at the company

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Age of Kaela Rockenstire, a product developer and one of five Juckett siblings who work at the company

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Employees in the sewing department

Felipe Quinones staples slings in the sewing department, which has 40 employees. (Jeff Foley / For NYVT Media)

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Date (4/1, April 1) in 1921, Telescope’s first year of operation in Granville, when Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith was born. The musician would go on to host the first nationally syndicated country music show on television

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Years that now-CEO Kathy Juckett has been with the company

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Address, on East Main Street in Granville, where one of company founder Henry J.W. Vanderminden Sr.’s granddaughters, Diane, lived as a child

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Years the Gardenella chair has been a staple at Telescope

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Years that Robert Vanderminden Jr. has worked at Telescope; he is the company’s current senior vice president

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Ranking of Telescope’s original canvas deck chair on Illinois Institute of Technology’s 1959 list of the 100 best-designed items of modern times; also, employees in the metal department

Jacob Mallory cuts aluminum rods in the metal department, which has 46 employees. (Jeff Foley / For NYVT Media)

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Points scored by the NFL leader in this category, the Buffalo Americans’ Elmer Oliphant, in 1921, Telescope’s first year in Granville

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Weight, in pounds, of the Wexler Cushion two-seat loveseat

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Year in the 1900s in which construction of the company’s water tower is completed

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Golden anniversary of Telescope’s founding was celebrated in 1953

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Years that Telescope’s longest-tenured employees, Paul Woodruff Jr. and Charlie Jones, have been with the company; also, employees in the finaling, plastics and receiving department

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Lollipops in the office of Marketing and Advertising Manager Kait Warren

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Year in 1900s that the term “Director Chair” was coined

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Page in 2022 company catalog on which the Baza Sling collection is featured. Heaviest furniture piece: 43-pound Contour Armless Chaise

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1955, first year in which a house is featured in the background on the cover of a catalog.

A house appeared in the far background of Telescope’s 1955 catalog. (Courtesy of Telescope Casual Furniture)

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Diameter, in inches, of the Round Glass Dining Table

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Employees on the Telescope office staff

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The first of three pages of the Gardenella Sling collection in the 2001 catalog.

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Home runs hit by major-league leader Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees in 1921, the year Telescope moved to Granville

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Capacity, in BTUs, in Telescope’s propane tank that is part of its outdoor dining table/heater for 2022

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Year in 1900s in which company catalog features an underwater image that CEO Kathy Juckett has described as her favorite cover

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Page in 2022 company catalog on which the Tribeca Sling chair collection is featured. Heaviest chair: 18 pounds

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Year in 1900s with catalog cover showcasing a family having a picnic

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Age of Kathy Juckett, Telescope’s CEO

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Percentage of business done through retail distribution

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Year in 1900s in which Telescope snapped a picture of Henry J.W. Vanderminden Jr. and his wife, Cecile, visiting the Western Merch Mart on a road trip

Henry J.W. Vanderminden Jr. and his wife, Cecile, visit the Western Merch Mart on a road trip in 1966. (Courtesy of Telescope Casual Furniture)

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Year in 1900s when the High Back Sun Chair is introduced

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Page in the 2022 catalog in which the company flashes back to 1977, the year the Gardenella chair was created

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Age of Paul Woodruff Jr., Telescope’s longest-tenured employee

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Age of Charlie Jones, Telescope’s second-longest-tenured employee

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Year in the 1800s in which Telescope founder Henry J.W. Vanderminden Sr. was born

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Date (7/2, July 2) in 1921, Telescope’s first year of operation in Granville, that President Warren G. Harding signed a joint congressional resolution declaring the official end of World War I with Germany, Austria and Hungary.

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Year in 1900s when Telescope sells parcel of land to Granville Central School District following the approval of school addition plans

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Width, in inches, of the St. Catherine Marine Grade Polymer-cushioned 3-foot sofa in the 2022 catalog

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Acres of property at Telescope headquarters

Telescope’s 75-acre property in 2014 (Courtesy of Telescope Casual Furniture)

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Combined years at Telescope between CEO Kathy Juckett (42) and President Henry Vanderminden IV (34)

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Combined years at Telescope between Juckett (42) and Executive Vice President Bill Vanderminden (35)

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Year in 1900s when Telescope holds an open house for its 75th anniversary of existence

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Combined years at Telescope between President Henry Vanderminden IV (34) and Senior Vice President Robert Vanderminden Jr. (45).

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Page in 2022 company catalog that lists features and benefits of the iconic Director Chairs. “Hardwood frame is kiln-dried, shaped, & hand sanded.”

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Number of characters, including spaces but not including commas, used when typing the names of the fourth and fifth generation Telescope women featured in the annual catalog. (Kathy Juckett Greta Pisani Kaela Rockenstire Sarah Warren Kait Warren Carol Scott)

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Address, on Church Street, of Telescope headquarters in Granville

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Final page, of four total, that Director Chairs are featured in the 2022 company catalog

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Date (8/4, Aug. 4) in 1971, Telescope’s 50th year of operating in Granville, when NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon was born

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Percentage of commercial-grade products used

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Year in the 1900s in which company changes its name from Telescope Folding Furniture Co. to the current Telescope Casual Furniture

Telescope became Telescope Casual Furniture in 1986.(Courtesy of Telescope Casual Furniture)

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Combined years at Telescope between CEO Kathy Juckett (42) and Senior Vice President Robert Vanderminden Jr. (45)

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Number of reactions and comments to a Jan. 12 Telescope Casual Furniture Facebook post sharing the 1953 catalog cover, Telescope’s 50th year in existence

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Year in 1900s where the Antigua Sling collection is introduced

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Catalogs available to be viewed on Telescope’s website

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Weight, in pounds, of the 42-inch MGP Top Fire Table

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Pages in 1999 catalog

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Year in 1900s when the folding rocker and wooden chaise deck chair are reintroduced, along with the introduction of the Koala Groove Sling Wooden Chair

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First page, of four, in 2022 catalog introducing the Fire Table collections (Aluminum Slat Top, Marine Grade Polymer Top, Rustic Polymer Top and Origins Top)

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Lowest list price, in dollars, of a Telescope product

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Year in 1900s when a plate of ripe strawberries was featured on a catalog cover

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Date (9/7, Sept. 7) in 1921, Telescope’s first year of operation in Granville, of the first Miss America Pageant, held in Atlantic City

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Page in 2022 company catalog on which Glass & Obscure Acrylic Tables line is featured. Number of colors available: 10

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Reactions and shares to a March 19 Telescope Casual Furniture Facebook post highlighting the company’s furniture at Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark in Monticello

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Years based in Granville

– Compiled by Tim Farkas, an NYVT editor, and Austin Crosier, NYVT reporter