Manufacturers: Iroquois China and Scammell China
User: Union News Company
Date of Iroquois plate: 1917 -1940
Date of Scammell plate: 1920s – 1930s
Scammell Border Pattern No: 6015 "Union News Oak Border Pattern"
Notes: Founded in the late 1800s, the Union News Company was known for its railroad news and printing services. The company sold magazines, newspapers, books, tobacco products and other items from newsstands located in train stations and employeed news service employees (known as a "news butch") to walk the trains and make sales while in service. The company later ventured into restaurants and lunch counters at railroad stations located in the east and midwest. It also operated concessions in railroad stations, as well as airports into the 1960s.
Iroquois plate: White body with oak leaves and acorn border in tan, brown and green hues. Topmarked with the UNCo logo set within branches of oak leaves and acorns.
Scammell plate: Trenton white body with oak leaves and acorn border in tan, brown and green hues. Topmarked with the UNCo logo set within branches of oak leaves and acorns in tan and gray hues. Scammell's Oak Border Pattern (#6015) was a controlled pattern, indicating an arrangement between Scammell China and the Union News Co. for limited pattern use.
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