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KTK Knowles Rare Pull-Out Pottery Postcard Ad

KTK Knowles Rare Pull-Out Pottery Postcard Ad


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Directory: Traditional Collectibles: Ephemera: Postcards: Pre 1910: Item # 170788
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
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This unusual 5-3/8" x 3-1/2" combination souvenir postcard and advertisement is titled "Souvenir of East Liverpool, Ohio, showing the process of manufacturing crockery at The Knowles, Taylor & Knowles Co, the largest pottery in Amerika." (Note the German spelling.)

The card is also marked "Serie 253. Published by Wilson Stationery Co., East Liverpool, Ohio. Printed in Germany." On the back are the notations "Patent applied for all States" and "Made in Germany." There is also a note dated September 9, 1908 from Sadie Steele (presumably an employee or principal at KTK), and the notation (in another hand) reading "Langdon." Ms. Steele's message reads: "Pull out the tag, and you will see some of the processes necessary to make clay into the finished ware."

At about this time (by 1907), KTK also arranged for a 14 part postcard series to be published illustrating these processes. (A nearly complete set is also available on my site.)

There are 12 images inside... almost all of which involve workers in addition to interior views. "Clay Bins and Car Scales" also appears on Postcard I in the 14-card series. The other images from the pull-out postcard can not be scanned for you to see without the potential of causing damage, but they are smaller views of postcards in the 14-card set, as follows: from Postcard III, "Jiggering Plates and Saucers"; from Postcard IV, "A Presser"; from Postcard V, "Turners at Work"; from Postcard VI, "Putting Handles on Cups"; from Postcard VII, "Kiln Placing"; from Postcard VIII, "Brushing Bisque Ware"; from Postcard IX, "Dippers Glazing Ware"; from Postcard X, "Drawing Kiln"; from Postcard XI, "Decorating Ware"; from Postcard X, "Getting Out Orders"; and (presumably) from Postcard XII (which I have not seen), "Packing Ware."

Condition is good. The corners have minor bumps, and there is a bit of loss to the pull tab. The image has a vertical scratch down the center and some discoloration.

Note that this scanned image is not as crisp as the actual postcard. A great find for the collector or researcher of American art pottery and American china/dinnerware. Condition is good. The corners have been bumped fairly hard, and there are bends to the upper right and lower left corners, in particular, along with some chipping (on both front and back). Some minor age discoloration.

Note that this scanned image is not as crisp as the actual postcard. A great find for the collector or researcher of American art pottery and American china/dinnerware.