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The Rise of Stanchions Elegant brass and velvet rope stanchions are on display in luxury hotels and at high class events around the world. Their primary purpose is crowd control, but the combination of brass (or other metals) and plush fabrics or roping adds an element of prestige to any setting. As Janet Jackson once said, “There are two sides of the velvet rope. Those who want to be on the other side and those who are on the other side.” The history of velvet rope stanchions dates back to 1894, when George and Louise Boldt first used them in...

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