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This is an excellent pottery company pattern ID book. It does have information about the towns and workers, but it also has never before published images of production charts for W.S. George, Hall, Homer Laughlin and other manufacturers. It is most helpful for people who collect sets and need to know what was manufactured.
Includes detailed information from the following towns:
East Liverpool, Ohio Wellsville, Ohio Beaver Area, Pennsylvania Chester, West Virginia Newell, West Virginia East Palestine, Ohio
---- copyright 2004, Collector Bookstore, John K, Reviewer
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 more 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.