Manufacturer: Shenango China
User: Shore Inn – Vermillion, Ohio
Distributor: Geo. H. Bowman Company – Cleveland
Date of platter: circa 1920s – 1930s
Notes: According to a May 1920 article in the Sandusky Register: "Shore Inn is three miles west of Vermillion with the Cleveland and Sandusky Boulevard on the one side and Lake Erie's broad expanse of blue on the other. In the past the estate compromising what is now Shore Inn was the pride of a Cleveland multi-millionaire. It was acquired by two well-known Cleveland businessmen, Henry Crebe, of Crebe's Restaurant, and William Kornman, a well-known and popular Euclid Avenue restaurateur. [They are opening the Shore Inn] with the assistance of Charles E. Ulm, a man of wide experience, who will manage the property.
"Neither time nor money has been spared and as a result Shore Inn looks to the visitor today – as one remarked – 'like a million dollars.' Shore Inn comprises an irresistible hotel, dreamy cottages, magnificent grounds artistically gardened by expert landscape gardeners, and two thousand feet of incomparable beach protected by breakwaters of recent completion and everything else needed to make it complete.
"The owners started out with the idea of providing a summer hotel offering every comfort and convenience, 'where nature, with the assistance of expert landscape gardeners, is especially alluring, where Lake Erie may be enjoyed to the utmost and where the essential privacy of a private estate still lingers.'
"The Shore Inn dining room will have a seating capacity of 300. The New York idea has been adapted and diners may dance between courses if they so desire. Then, too, there will be verandahs set with tables, from which a delightful view of the lake may be enjoyed.
"Shore Inn promises to become a favorite rendezvous for those who enjoy boating, bathing, dancing, tennis and the like. Musical programs will be prepared and rendered under the direction of Louis Rich one of the best known and most popular of Ohio's musicians.
"Shore Inn will be open the year around – in winter as well as in summer."
It is not known when the Shore Inn closed.
White body platter with the logo for the Shore Inn on the top rim. The logo consists of a black line drawing of the shoreline of Lake Erie with two beach umbrellas on the sand and a sailboat and clouds in the background. In front of the clouds and boat are the words "Shore Inn" in stylized black block letters that are reflected on the water's surface.
Sandusky Register – May 1920 article about the Shore Inn
Platter photos: Marge Barner
ID and research: Ed Babcock and Susan Phillips
Author: Ed Phillips