Back in late 1984 I had just opened a new store on Montana Ave in Santa Monica. At the time it was a sleepy little street with not much foot traffic. I had started advertising in local papers and a set directors directory that was distributed to all the studios , film companies and set decorators.
One day a young lady walked in and told me she was helping do the sets for a cowboy movie that ws going to be shot primarily in New Mexico and that she thought she’d be needing 3 or 4 iron beds for the movie. When all was said and done, we ended up selling her 6 antique iron beds, all of which were prominently displayed throughout the movie.
Although I’d had numerous beds in movies before Silverado, this movie really established us as the go to source for period piece antique iron beds.
Many of the movies were renting beds from us at that time and it was necessary for me to keep a catalog of what beds went to what studio for which movie, TV show or magazine ad, so there was never any intentional duplication of one show to another. Most of the better set designers had a props department that they would store the bed in after their shoot……..then use it in the future for something else.
We were putting antique iron beds in everything from Victorian period piece films to modern current day TV shows, such as Seinfeld.
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