Manufacturer: Syracuse China
User/Pattern name: Employees Potters Club
Date of marked plate: 1910
Notes: Three of these cartoon plates have been discovered with what had to have been in-house jokes drawn and filled by unknown Syracuse designers. The outer rim designs are all different.
From page 100 of "Syracuse China," by Cleota Reed and Stan Skoczen: "… The [Syracuse China] News reported baby and bridal showers, fishing trips, and vacation excursions. It regularly recounted the events of the Potters Club as well. The company provided a men's clubhouse equipped with four bowling alleys, a pool table, a game room, a library, and a large hall used for basketball, dances, and other entertainments."
It stands to reason then that these plates were meant for the entertainment of Potters Club – male employees – who would have been part of company bowling teams.
1 – Character 1 (in front of a Potter Club scoresheet): O'Pickle's, "I" have a nice curve, that gets them, for we stand "high". Character 2: Say, Hintz, they say you have 57 Varieties in use.
2 – Character 1: Come Bull strike the head pin. Character 2: Say Cap I'll do better. I'll strike an attitude
3 – Character 1: Say Bill, where is he going? Character 2: Maybe he's going to bowl. Character 3: That sign reads Allies open at 4 p.m.
Photos: Jerry Bonk and Susan Phillips