Finding Advertising Brochures on Poppytrail and Vernon Dinnerware
Poking through a box of old papers at a local antique show, a few years back, I came across a stack of advertising brochures for "Poppytrail" and "Vernon" Dinnerware. I put together a collection of the various brochures I wanted and asked the dealer how much he wanted for this lot of paper. He was asking a bit more than I had imagined, but something told me that I had found something special so I agreed to his price.
Vintage Catalogs Provie Important Information to Collectors
What I heard learned over the years is that old catalogs or advertising materials are precious commodities. So if you come across vintage catalogs or promotional materials at a decent price, jump on them, especially if they are about collectibles that you are interested in. Remember that there are collectors for everything.
You can keep them for your own reference or sell them to other collectors who like you are after background information and photos.
Old catalogs provide collectors with valuable information which help to date, identify and value collectibles today. For more information on dinnerware check out :
Metlox Pottery began in 1927 in Manhattan Beach, California and grew to become one of California's premier pottery companies. There were two divisions within Metlox, the Poppytrail Division and the Vernonware Division (due to Metlox's purchase of Vernon Kilns in 1942). I carry over 70 patterns/color variations of Metlox. The Vernonware Division is listed separately (another sixty-five patterns). Metlox closed in 1989.
To learn more about identifying patterns from both the "Poppytrail" and "Vernon"
divisions go to: http://www.hillhousewares.com/category0maker2.html
C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of Iantiqueonline.com an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café.
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