Manufacturer: Shenango China
User: Shankweiler's Hotels – Allentown and Fogelsville, Pennsylvania
Date of bowl: circa 1930s – early 1950s
Notes: In 1905, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson F. Shankweiler entered the hotel and restaurant business in Parryville, Pennsylvania. In 1926, they built Shankweiler's Hotel in Orefield, on route 29, north of Allentown. On June 25, 1934, they opened the second Shankweiler's Hotel on routes 100, 309, and 22 in Fogelsville, Pennsylvania, seven miles west of Allentown. In 1934, the Shankweilers opened a drive-in movie theater behind their Orefield hotel. The Fogelsville dining rooms would often serve between 600 and 700 full-course meals on a weekend. In 1957, Mr. Shankweiler sold the hotel on route 29 but continued to operate the Fogelsville hotel. The Fogelsville hotel closed in 1994 and was converted into a Credit Union facility. The Orefield building was converted into a funeral home in 2010.
White body china that has a stylized border of flowers in light blue, white, and brownish orange along with stems and leaves in an olive drab. In addition, there are sprinklings of the brownish orange accents among the leaves. At the top of the bowl, beneath the border in reddish orange capital letters is the word "Shankweiler's."
Paheritage.wpengine.com – history by Pamela W. Reilly
The Morning Call, Allentown, Pennsylvania – March 10, 1994, article about closing.
Bowl photos: Max Jackson
Authors: Larry Paul and Ed Phillips