ISPA Centennial, 100 Years of Mattress Industry History

ISPA revamps mattress industry statisticsA four-part series recounting 100 years of ISPA, mattress industry and world history


This article series was bound into a book, Commemorating 100 Years of the International Sleep Products Association. Click to view the complete digital edition.

Part 1 – 1915-1940

An Industry Comes Together

Part 2 – 1941-1965

Part I – A time of war, a time for peace
Part II – Promoting better sleep
Part III – Mattress makers introduce ‘king’ and ‘queen’ sizes
Part IV – Mattress industry introduces the sofa bed
Part V – NABM introduces magazine exclusively for bedding retailers
Part VI – Mattress components makers ‘integral’ to industry
Part VII – ‘Do Not Remove This Tag Under Penalty of Law’

Part 3 – 1966-1990

Part I – Main feature: ‘The challenge of change’
Part II – New directions for mattress industry public relations
Part III – Uniform Monday Holiday Act brings sales, promotional opportunities
Part IV – The industry enters the computer age
Part V – The Sealy wars erupt: Sealy Inc., Ohio-Sealy duke it out
Part VI – Out with the old: Industry works to keep used mattresses out of circulation
Part VII – Product trends of the time: Waterbeds make waves

Part 4 – 1991-2015

Part I – Main feature: Mattress Industry Booms and Busts
Part II – Specialty Sleep Mattresses Go Mainstream
Part III – Interzum, Las Vegas Market Shopping Venues Open
Part IV – Better Sleep Council Shifts Message
Part V – Mattress Recycling History

View all four special sections as they appear in the print magazine:

  1. BedTimes March digital edition
  2. BedTimes June digital edition
  3. BedTimes August digital edition
  4. BedTimes November digital edition
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