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December 11, 2018
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Downstairs Program Room
800 Alma St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
David Hoexter calendar plates
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Event Canceled: The American Advertising Calendar Plate

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Event Canceled: We apologize, but due to illness, tonight's scheduled speaker is unable to make it. We will try to reschedule our "American Advertising Calendar Plates" for a later date.


For a few years in the early 20th century, American merchants provided complimentary gifts to their customers consisting of small plates featuring a calendar and an image. Of particular interest is that many of the merchants were located in isolated and very small towns (many no longer in existence), far from the centers of urban competition. These aesthetically-pleasing plates feature nature scenes, flowers, animals, and beautiful women often sporting elaborate hats. To date, concentrating on 1910, the peak year of production, we have documented 1,644 plates and 220 patterns. Emphasized in the presentation are many cultural, geographic, demographic, historical and even geological features of the rapidly-growing nation.

About David Hoexter
David Hoexter stumbled onto English transfer printed pottery by marrying Judie, already an avid collector when they met in the 1980s. David particularly enjoys learning about the social and historic aspects of transferware (as well as other types of English pottery), its manufacture and multitude of uses. David and Judie discovered their first English advertising pot lid in 1991 in an antiques shop in Maine, and the transferware addiction was further stoked. Judie encouraged him to become active with the Transferware Collectors Club (TCC) Pattern and Source Print Database. One day it dawned on him that printed advertising on ceramics belonged in that database--and who better to be the Advertising Category editor? David has served in various capacities on the TCC Board since 2004, as President, Vice-President, and currently as Internet Activities Administrator. In his spare time, David earns a living as an engineering geologist.