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Homer Laughlin China Company, who manufactured the infamous “Fiesta ware” line, began as a partnership between the two Laughlin brothers, Homer and Shakespeare, in 1873. The company sold primarily Rockingham and yellow ware then later expanded their market to make semi-vitreous dinner, hotel, and toilet wares as well as white granite products. After the Great Depression the market for inexpensive dinner wares increased, and the “Fiesta ware” line was available for purchase in 1936. Designed by Frederick Hurten Rhead, an English potter from Staffordshire, “Fiesta ware” became highly popular for their bright colors, streamlined design, and mix-and-match capabilities for the everyday household.
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Object Name
Bowl, Fruit
bowl, fruit
Date made
ca. 1936-46
Boughton, George Henry
Homer Laughlin China Co.
place made
United States: West Virginia, Newell
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
blue (overall color)
overall: 2 in x 5 1/2 in; 5.08 cm x 13.97 cm
overall: 1 11/16 in x 5 9/16 in; 4.28625 cm x 14.12875 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Morrison in Memory of Charles and Bessie K. Morrison
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Cultural and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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