The Land Act of 1796 opened the gates for a flood of settlers into the lands of the Upper Ohio River Valley The natural clay soils of the valley, coupled with an abundance of salt for glazing and the Ohio River as a nearby source for transportation, laid the foundation for what would become the pottery capital of the United States Naming their new towns for those they left behind Liverpool, Chester, Newell English and Irish entrepreneurs established factories for making crockery The industry boomed and, by the turn of the twentieth century, Ohio Valley pottery was being exported throughout the world The story of pottery production is than a list of manufacturers the towns that grew around these factories and the lifestyles of the people who worked in them provide the social fabric of the Ohio Valley From the early pioneer villages of the hand thrown period to the towns with bustling shops and regular trolley service, residents built homes, schools, and churches, creating thriving communities....
|Title||:||Ohio Valley Pottery Towns (OH) (Images of America)|
|Publisher||:||Arcadia Publishing November 30, 2002|
|Number of Pages||:||128 pages|
|File Size||:||965 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Ohio Valley Pottery Towns (OH) (Images of America) Reviews
As a kid growing up in southeastern Ohio, as the offspring of generations of potters, coal miners and steel workers from this area, I can remember some of the times and places recorded and pictured in this book very well; shortly after WWII when the Ohio River Valley was booming with potteries, steel mills, and foundries; there was very little unemployment, and everybody was working hard and improving their lives, educating their kids, and paying for their homes. Times when all the Ohio River Valley potteries were in full production and expanding; Homer Laughlin China, Harker’s China, Hall China, Taylor, Smith and Taylor, and many, many more; and the steel mills; Crucible Steel, the Midland Mills, Weirton Steel etc. were in full production 24-7.
East Liverpool, Westvile, Beaver Area Pa, Chester WVa, Newell, WVa, East Palastine, Scioto county all mentioned for the river clay of beautiful pottery. It had the information and photo that made our family history match from the US census individual occupations. Arcadia books have been the holder of gems for family history for me. None have failed me. The seller packaged this book so well it had no dents, dog ears or scratches.
Arcadia's "Images of America" series has provided an opportunity for every local historian to produce an attractive pictorial work on towns and villages whose histories were once consider too insignificant to merit book-length treatment. The quality of individual titles in this series varies of course with the knowledge, expertise, and diligence of the compiler, so that the quality of the series should not be judged by any one volume. That said, pottery collectors can enjoy the historic photographs in this particular Arcadia offering but should be forewarned there are very few illustrations of actual pottery, no doubt a matter of deliberate design on the part of the author to fit the format of the series. But this particular volume is also filled with numerous factual errors that surely were not deliberate. Although a picture may sometimes be worth a thousand words, that axiom presupposes that the picture caption is correct. This compilation of photographs and other illustrative material relating to six pottery centers in the upper Ohio Valley (East Liverpool, Wellsville, East Palestine, Ohio; Chester and Newell, West Virginia; Beaver/Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania) gets high marks visually but is marred by factual errors, which is surprising since the author has a Ph.D. in American History. From the very cover, which bears a photograph (nowhere identified in the book) of the Bowers Pottery Co. in Mannington, W. Va., 75 miles southeast of the East Liverpool pottery district and well away from the Ohio Valley, the book contains numerous mistakes worth noting. Names and dates are often wrong and pictures inaccurately labeled. For example, a photo of East Palestine's W. S. George Pottery Co., which did not use that name until 1909, is labeled "Feustal Pottery Site c. 1878." (Herman Feustal built East Palestine's first pottery in 1880). Similarly, a ca. 1910 postcard of the C.C. Thompson Pottery (which did not adopt this name until 1889) is dated c. 1880. And it was the brothers Homer and Shakespeare [not Stephen] Laughlin who founded what became the famous Homer Laughlin China Co. Nor did the Laughlin brothers operate a pottery on Little Beaver Creek before building their Ohio Valley Pottery in East Liverpool: their earlier partnership (1871-1873) was simply a jobbing operation importing English pottery, and it operated out of New York City not East Liverpool. The photo purportedly displaying "the rich clays of the Ohio Valley" actually shows piles of discarded pottery waster material dumped by the Thompson Pottery along the bank of the Ohio River. An Edwin Bennett Rebekah at the Well teapot is illustrated as if it had been made at East Liverpool by James Bennett's pioneer pottery, although these popular teapots were not made until James' brother Edwin had moved to Baltimore, Maryland. A picture of a canal warehouse along the Pennsylvania and Ohio canal is attributed to the Sandy and Beaver Canal. Wellsville China was not purchased by Sterling China in 1970: Sterling gained control of the pottery in 1959 and closed it in 1969. Royal China was located in Sebring, Ohio, not in "nearby Salem." Less egregious errors or typos noted include dating a map from an 1870 atlas as "c. 1907" and misspelling George Morley's name "Morely," something of an orthographical irony since Morley persisted in misspelling his popular majolica ware "Majollica." Granted that the Arcadia series is not intended to be especially scholarly, a brief bibliography would be helpful. The chief value of the book will remain its illustrations and, fortunately, the location of the originals is usually specified, many coming from the East Liverpool Museum of Ceramics, thus providing a useful insight into the extensive and varied nature of that repository's historical collections and permitting readers to verify the photo captions.