Blumer & Stanton, Inc. – Established West Palm Beach, 1946

Construction for Blumer & Stanton was undertaken by its founders: William V. Blumer, Charles G. Blumer and Alexander K. Stanton in late 1945. Just months earlier, World War II had ended, signaling the close of one era and the beginning of a booming new economy. Nowhere in the United States would the boom be as great as South Florida, particularly Palm Beach and Jupiter Island.

Alt Text: Construction begins for Blumer & Stanton's "Sales Office", early 1946.
Construction begins for Blumer & Stanton’s “Sales Office”, early 1946.
A familiar section of Blumer & Stanton's street front takes shape.
A familiar front section of Blumer & Stanton’s office takes shape along Georgia Avenue.
The back of Blumer & Stanton, now visible only from inside our shop.
View from the back of Blumer & Stanton’s office. This area is now enclosed by our expanded shop.
The massive roof trusses that would support the cathedral shop roof thru dozens of hurricanes.
These massive trusses would support the roof of our shop thru many destructive South Florida hurricanes.

Early Transitions as Documented in Advertisements

Our founders’ business plan was to supply the buzzing construction industry with lumber for all their residential and commercial projects. Although the economy was bustling during that time, the competition was fierce and our founders soon realized they needed to do something more with their lumber if Blumer & Stanton was to survive its infancy. As early as 1947, the business plan quickly evolved to include custom “Made to Order” storm shutters and “mill work”. A series of early advertisements reflected this transition.

Early ad for storm shutters by Blumer & Stanton, May 2, 1947.
Early advertisement in The Palm Beach Post. Friday, May 2, 1947 edition.
Early advertisement in The Palm Beach Post. Friday, May 16, 1947 edition.
The Palm Beach Post. Friday, May 16, 1947 edition.

Early changes included a number of offerings. Some, like “siding”, have remained over the years. Others, like “framing” and “white asphalt shingles” have been abandoned. And, although it is still sold, lumber is only a very minor part of sales.

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The Palm Beach Post. Friday, June 20, 1947 edition.
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The Palm Beach Post. Sunday, October 31, 1947 edition.
The Palm Beach Post. Sunday, March 5, 1950 edition.
The Palm Beach Post. Sunday, March 5, 1950 edition.

By 1950, use of an iconic cloud and script font had been added to establish our brand and identity. And, the business plan expanded to also include wood mouldings, which we stocked in a variety of profiles: Base, Bolection, Casing, Chair Rail, Cornice, Cove, Crown, Dentil, Handrails, Panel Mouldings and more. Custom wood profiles, milled to architect and designers’ specifications, were also offered.

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The Palm Beach Post. Sunday, October 1, 1950 edition.

 

With these early transitions now complete, the founders set about the important business of establishing Blumer & Stanton as the leader in its selected fields and building its widely recognized reputation for “Quality in Millwork”. From 1950, custom woodwork has been our specialized niche, including: Book Cases, Cabinets, Columns, Doors, Entrances, Mantels, Mouldings, Shutters, Sidelights, Stairs, Transom, Windows and more!

Early ad for storm shutters by Blumer & Stanton, December 10, 1950
The Palm Beach Post. Sunday, December 10, 1950 edition.

Want to see more?

If you appreciate old advertisements, visit our Ad Archive filled with ads from our early years.

In the News

We’ve been featured in several articles since our founding in 1946, and mentioned in many more.

“Fine Craftsmanship In Wood”, The Palm Beach Post. Sunday, April 28, 1968.

In 1968, The Palm Beach Post interviewed the founding partners of Blumer & Stanton: William V. Blumer, Charles G. Blumer and Alexander K. Stanton. Future second generation owner and president, William K. Stanton, also appears in the article. The feature detailed the story of our beginning and early years, and provided insight to our current projects (current at the time the article was published in 1968). Click here to download a copy.

Clipped from The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, Florida. Edition: April 28, 1968
The Palm Beach Post. Sunday, April 28, 1968 edition.

“Crafting Palm Beach”, The Palm Beach Daily News. Sunday, October 28, 2012.

In 2012, we were featured as part of a larger story, “Crafting Palm Beach”, which appeared in The Palm Beach Daily News. The article featured the businesses that have played a critical role by supporting the construction of Palm Beach from their Georgia Avenue locations, the “Eclectic warehouse district on a stretch of Georgia Avenue is ‘like a small village’ of contractors, masons, upholsterers, woodworkers and fabricators.” Click here to download a copy.

The Palm Beach Daily News. Sunday, October 28, 2012 edition.
The Palm Beach Daily News. Sunday, October 28, 2012 edition.