Manufacturer: Carr China Company
User: Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America
Pattern name: Princess – Underglaze Print Pattern 6056
Date of celery dish: circa 1930s-1952
Notes: From The Steel Zipper website: "The Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America was formed in 1914 as a direct result of a bitter union strike in 1910 involving members of the AFL affiliated United Garment Workers (UGW), the AFL leadership, and their employer, Hart Schaffner and Marx. The strike expanded to city wide, 45,000-member garment workers strike in Chicago resulting in a division in the UGW membership. The union membership, feeling that the union leadership did not reach a fair settlement, rejected the offer and continued striking. By 1914 the membership was ready for change, and at the 1914 UGW convention, 66 percent of the UGA membership defected to form Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America or ACWA. … Through a series of strikes in the late 1910's, ACWA continued to solidify its membership in [the] garment industry and eventually established a stronghold in the key cities of Chicago, Baltimore, and Rochester, New York.
"By the 1920's, ACWA was the largest men's clothing union in the United States and was responsible for manufacturing a staggering 85 percent of men's garments. Like all unions of the time, the Great Depression thinned the ranks of ACWA's membership. ACWA survived the downturn and much of its membership returned thanks to the union's legal right to organize gained from the National Recovery Act of 1933. As a result, despite the 19 years of opposition with the AFL, ACWA finally gained the AFL recognition as an affiliate in 1933."
In 1955, AFL and CIO (Committee of Industrial Organizing) merged, forming the AFL-CIO. "The Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America continued to grow through the 1950's and remained a dominant union in the manufacture of men' suits through the 1960's and early 1970's. In 1976, it ended 62 years of organizing labor under the name Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America when it merged with the Textile Workers of America and formed a new union known as the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU)."
The Princess pattern is one of Carr's oldest, appearing in its 1934 catalog and seen in a variety of color combinations, including this pink, blue or brown on white or Glo-Tan clay bodies. A Baroque swirled border encircles groups of roses / flowers. Keywords: ACWA CWA AWC WAC WCA CAW ACW
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Princess by Carr China
ID: Kris Baker
Celery dish photos: Ed Phillips
Mustard photo: Stephanie Michaels Carr