Manufacturer: Bauscher Brothers
Pattern name: Harvey Paisley
User: Fred Harvey/Fred Harvey Company
Date of plate: 1925
Notes: The "FH" in the plate's logo stands for Fred Harvey. Considered to be a rare pattern, it is not known at which of Harvey's restaurants the Paisley pattern was used. Doug McIntyre theorizes that it might have been used as a service plate for the Harvey Gold and Black pattern which bears the same black/gold/black edge decoration.
White-on-white paisley border, metallic gold band on rim with two black lines; center motif is a stylized, broken F H against a white-on-white circle design. Keyword: FH rwcnFH
About Fred Harvey
Fred Harvey was well known in the last quarter of the 19th century and during the 20th century for his railroad eating houses, many of which went by the name Harvey House. The restaurants – said to be the first chain – provided prompt service and high-quality food for incoming rail passengers. Eventually Harvey provided dining car and hotel service as well.
From the wikipedia: "Fred Harvey, a fastidious innkeeper, set high standards for efficiency and cleanliness in his establishments, personally inspecting them as often as possible. It was said that nothing escaped his notice, and he was even known to completely overturn a poorly-set table."
"It has been suggested that the Harvey Houses originated the 'blue-plate special,' a daily low-priced complete meal served on a blue-patterned china plate; an 1892 Harvey menu mentions them, some thirty years before the term became widespread. In addition to the Santa Fe, the Harvey Company operated dining facilities for the Gulf Coast and Santa Fe Railway, the Kansas Pacific Railway, the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, and the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis."
Harvey died in 1901, but his Fred Harvey Company continued to 1968 under the management of his sons and grandson, when it was sold to Amfac Inc.
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