Manufacturer: Shenango China
User: Toy Town Tavern
Dates: 1933 and 1934
Notes: The Harvey Toy Town Tavern was a restaurant located on the Enchanted Island at the Century of Progress World's Fair in Chicago 1933-34. The Enchanted Island was five acres of land between the lagoon and lake with a mountain slide, fairy castle, mechanical zoo, miniature railroad, marionette show and theater. There were several restaurants within the Enchanted Isle and the Fred Harvey Company ran the Toy Town Tavern. Click here to see The Children's World Fair excerpt from the Official Guide Book of the Fair 1933.
Shenango pieces used at the Harvey Toy Town Tavern on the Enchanted Island are marked as such. Shenango also produced the Toy Town Tavern pattern bearing the Shenango Native American backstamp only, but one cannot assume that these pieces were used at the fair.
Creamer 1 (1933) – Ivory body with golden yellow line border, featuring colorful animated characters. One side shows a Gollywog – a racist, anti-black caricature – riding a soap box cart with a pig pulling the cart and the caption "The Gollywog's Joy Ride." The other side shows a female duck wearing a bonnet and carrying an umbrella, departing down a path in front of a house. There is a duckling standing off to her side asking "Won't you take me."
Creamer 2 (1934) – Ivory body with golden yellow line border, featuring colorful animated animal characters. One side shows two rabbits walking arm-in-arm under an umbrella with the caption "Sweethearts" and the other side shows a rabbit wearing striped knickers, sitting on a wooden stool and reading a book.
Creamer 3 (1933) – Ivory body with golden yellow line border, featuring colorful animated animal characters. One side shows a female duck wearing a bonnet and carrying an umbrella, while the other side shows a mother bear in her apron washing a bawling bear cub in a wooden washtub.
Creamer 4 (1933) – Another creamer variation with the same mother bear washing her cub on one side and a rabbit wearing striped knickers, sitting on a wooden stool and reading a book on the other side.
Creamer 1-3 photos contributed by Carol Cardona
Creamer 4 photos contributed by PLaun