Manufacturer: Syracuse China, Buffalo China
User: United States Public Health Service
Pattern (Syracuse): Ravenna
Date of Syracuse shell: 1912 – 1946
Pattern (Buffalo): Olympic
Date of Buffalo butter pat: 1920
Notes: The Public Health Service had its beginnings in 1798 with the passage of an act that provided for the care and relief of sick and injured merchant seamen. Marine hospitals were located on the East Coast, with Boston being the first. It has grown from a small collection of marine hospitals to the largest public health program in the world.
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Public Health Service
White body with green chainlink geometric border; backstamp initials USPHS (United States Public Health Service).
ID contributed by reddygal
Shell photos contributed by floralady
Butter pat photos contributed by Rich D. Bauer