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History of Uhl Pottery Company

by O. I. (Mockey) Lett

(B) THEN TOO WE MADE THOUSANDS OF LINERS FOR PICNIC JUGS FOR THE ROYAL MANUFACTURING COMPANY OF BOWLING GREEN, OHIO. THESE WERE ALSO GLAZED WHITE INSIDE AND THE OUTSIDE OF THE NECK. ROYAL PUT A METAL COVERING AROUND THEM WITH INSULATION BETWEEN THE TWO TO KEEP FOOD OR DRINKS - HOT OR COLD.

(C) WE MADE A COMPLETE LINE OF FANCY AND MINIATURE JUGS FOR MEIER’S WINE CELLARS OF SILVERTON, OHIO. THEY USED THESE FOR PACKAGING THEIR VARIOUS WINES AND CORDIALS. In 1938 UHL RECEIVED A CERTIFICATE OF AWARD FROM MODERN PACKAGING FOR THE JUGS FURNISHED TO MEIER’S.

(D) DURING PROHIBITION WE MADE THOUSANDS OF BARREL SHAPED BEER STEINS FOR BLATZ AND STERLING FOR PROMOTING THE SALE OF THEIR MALT EXTRACT WHICH WAS USED IN THE MAKING OF “HOME BREW”. THEY GAVE A MUG WITH EACH PURCHASE. THIS BUSINESS OF COURSE ENDED WITH PROHIBITION, AS DID OUR 1 GAL. JUG BUSINESS WITH THE LOCAL BOOTLEGGERS WHO WOULD COME TO OUR PLANT AND HAUL THEM AWAY BY THE TRUCK LOAD AND CARLOAD. WE NEVER ASKED ANY QUESTIONS, JUST TOOK THEIR MONEY.

(E) ALSO DURING PROHIBITION WE SHIPPED RAIL CARLOADS OF A SPECIAL 5 GAL. JUG TO A DEALER IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA. THE DEALER IN TURN SOLD THESE TO A LOCAL “BOOTLEGGER”. THE “SPECIAL” PART OF THE JUG WAS THAT IT WAS 0NE-QUART SHORT OF BEING 5 GAL.

(F) WE MADE A LINE OF MINIATURE JUGS AND NOVELTIES FOR A PERFUME AND COLOGNE COMPANY IN KANSAS CITY NAMED “BOTAY”. THEY BOTTLED SOME OF THEIR PRODUCTS IN THE JUGS, WHICH WERE HAND DECORATED. WE ALSO MADE THEM A LINE OF PIG BANKS WHICH THEY DECORATED AND SOLD. ONE, WHICH THEY USED DURING THE WAR, IS SHOWN HERE.

(G) WE WERE ABLE TO SELL ALL OUR BROKEN WARE TO NORTHWESTERN TERRA COTTA COMPANY WHO GROUND IT UP AND USED IN TERRA COTTA BUILDING MATERIALS. THE BROKEN WARE WHICH HAD NOT BEEN GLAZED OR BURNED WAS ACCUMULATED AND SOLD TO AMERICAN ART CLAY COMPANY IN INDIANAPOLIS WHO MADE MODELING CLAY FOR SCHOOLS ETC.

(H) OF COURSE, WE ACCUMULATED QUITE A FEW SECONDS WHICH WERE CHIPPED OR OFF COLOR. THESE WERE SOLD TO FELLOWS WHO PEDDLED THEM THROUGHOUT THE RURAL AREAS TO FARMERS AND THEIR WIVES. SOMETIMES THEY WOULD TRADE WARE FOR EGGS, CHICKENS, FRUIT OR VEGETABLES. ONE OF OUR PEDDLERS WAS EZRA PARKER, FATHER OF MAYOR BOB PARKER. WHEN I STARTED AT UHL’S HE WAS USING HORSES AND WAGON AND THEN GRADUATED TO A MODEL T FORD, WHICH WAS DRIVEN, BY ONE OF HIS SONS.

 

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