I am a great grandson of August Carlstedt. His daughter, Anna, was my grandmother, and her son Gordon Sr., was my father. We have all lived in Crystal Lake, Illinois, but I now reside in Sterling Kansas. I have for some years been collecting information on Carlstedt in the hopes of doing a long article or a book on his work. I would be happy to hear from Carlstedt guitar owners to get information on the construction and numbering of their guitars in the hopes of assembling a comprehensive picture of the man and his work. Here is some basic information that may be of interest. August Carlstedt:
Born: Mårten August Lorentzsson on October 1, 1863, at Norra Uvekull in Villstad parish, Jönköping County
Emigration: left the home of his parents at Kållåkerskog in the parish of Villstad on May 4, 1888, for America
He left the port of Göteborg on May 11, 1888, going to Hull, England, with the final destination listed as Chicago.
1895 went into business of manufacturing mandolins and guitars, high grade, labeled “Ideal” in Chicago.
1903 moved to Crystal Lake, IL firm August Carlstedt & Co had increased output so larger quarters required (Swedes in IL).
Built structure on West Woodstock St. (according article from Crystal Lake Herald, 1959, the first floor was used for factory
and upper floor for residence was called the Ideal Manufacturing Co. and had mail order business in thirty-eight states and
foreign trade in Cuba and the Philippines. Only musical instrument firm in the county from 1903-1916.
Following the death of his wife (my great grandmother Alma) in 1916 he returned to Chicago where he was proprietor of a music store and
did instrument repair until a year before his death.
November 6, 1943, at age 80, dies of cerebral hemorrhage due to arterial sclerosis at Swedish Covenant Home of Mercy in Chicago.
November 10, 1943 he was buried in Union Cemetery on Woodstock Street in Crystal Lake, IL.
I am also attaching a photo of his workshop in Crystal Lake, Illinois.