Archie Bunker's Chair from All in the Family

The popular and controversial sitcom All in the Family (CBS, 1971-79) broke with convention and shattered taboos by depicting, in the words of creator Norman Lear, "real people dealing with real issues."
Social conflicts of the day played out in the Bunkers' living room as the bigoted Archie clashed with his liberal son-in-law and his wife Edith struggled to keep the peace. With sharp but affectionate humor, the show exposed the flaws and complexities of one American family.
T. A. T. Productions
Physical Description
wood (frame; arms; legs; stretcher material)
fabric (upholstery material)
overall: 40 in x 26 in x 31 in; 101.6 cm x 66.04 cm x 78.74 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Tandem/TAT Productions (through Norman Lear)
All in the Family {Television Program}
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
National Treasures exhibit
Domestic Furnishings
Popular Entertainment
American Stories
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


In what year was the chair acquired by the Museum?
As the catalog number starts with '1978' that is an indication of when the artifact was collected.
What company manufactured Archie Bunker's chair?
"Hello Robert,We don not have any information regarding the maker of the chair; documentation in the file here at the museum states that Edith's and Archie's chairs were bought at a Goodwill thrift store for about $8 for the production of All in the Family.Best,Ryan LintelmanCurator, Entertainment Collection"
"This is not Archie's first chair. The most widely used one, yes. But not the first. There is an unaired 1968 episode called "Justice for all' , BEFORE it was called "All in the family ". The chair Archie sat in is different, than the one ised in REGULAR shows. Edith's chair is the same. House is different, girl olaying Gloria is different, and the guy who plays Gloria's husband is named Richard and played by a different guy.Any chair that should be really iconic , is Edith's original chair. Technically speaking. LOVE THE SHOW EITHER WAY ! MY # 1 FAVORITE 70'S COMEDY ."
Is it correct that the "Archie bunker " chair is not available for viewing? At what point would this piece of TV memorabilia be available for viewing again.I am from Canada and not local to the area.Thanks Jackie white
"As of this writing, the Bunker chairs are on display in our "American Stories " exhibition. As with other objects on display, their status is subject to change."
"I'd like to see this chair in person. (Actually, if we're being honest here, I'd would love to SIT in this chair, one day.) V.S."
"I saw this exhibit twice years ago and it was so interesting. I could just picture Archie in his looked comfortable, too!"

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