Pacific Pottery Hostessware Decorated 438 Carafe Red

Pacific Pottery Hostessware Decorated #438 Carafe Unboxing!

In my first unboxing video, we’ll get a first look at a Pacific Pottery Hostessware Decorated #438 Carafe in Apache Red. While in the video, I note that it could be decorated pattern 2002 or 2006 (I was talking off the top of my head – it’s definitely not from the 2002 line). My vote is that it’s either 2006 OR a new decorated pattern that I will call “Two Lines.” Not a very exciting decorated pattern either way, but this is my first decorated carafe and certainly a great add to the collection.

You can also explore the carafe in this 360 degree product view.

1935 San Diego Expo Pacific Pottery Brochure

1935-36 San Diego International Expo

Between 1935-36, San Diego held another exposition at the site of the original 1915 Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park. The purpose of the expo was to stimulate the local economy as well as promote the area as a destination location. The expo ran from 1935 to 1936.

Building 42 (no longer standing) housed the Hollywood Potteries exhibit, featuring wares from Pacific, Metlox, Catalina Island, Bauer and Gladding-McBean potteries. The postcard below showcases a spectacular display of gardenware. If you look closely, there is a table in the middle featuring decorated Pacific chargers.

1935 San Diego Expo Hollywood Potteries

Pacific Pottery also produced a brochure with their wares. In addition to their display, they sold novelty items, including a cowboy hat glazed in Hostessware colors, and their stoneware honey orange, also in Hostessware colors. The hat shows up from time to time in red and sand glazes, and is very rare in other colors. The oranges are also extremely hard to find.

For fun, I reproduced the brochure using my own collection.

1935 San Diego Expo Pacific Pottery Brochure QwkDog

 

 

Better Homes May 1938 Cover

Spring Vegetable Varieties

Better Homes & Gardens, May 1938

“May’s the month for it – for a crisp green landslide of fresh vegetables offered in a score of teasing new ways. Not the first time, perhaps for there’s just nothing that can tie the tang of baby beets, youthful cabbage, or the first fat garden peas served up in their own birthday flavors, cooked just until tender. But it’s on return calls that we year for variety – new seasonings, different sauces, and little tricks of dressing up the young things for meals in the spring.”

In this feature on spring vegetables, we have the Pacific #617 and #659 platters in Delphinium Blue. The main dish is rice pressed into a loaf pan rice mold, filled with peas and surrounded by “well-seasoned” cabbage wedges and spring beets cooked with tops on.

Better Homes May 1938 Cover Pacific Pottery

Also on the back cover of the magazine, an advertisement for Pillsbury Flour features the Pacific Pottery #617 platter again along with a #619 cake plate in yellow. The display includes Fiesta plates and salt & pepper shakers. While the cocoa scones sound like a nice idea, the “corn and salmon loaf” probably leave something to be desired.

Better Homes May 1938 Pillsbury Pacific Fiesta

Better Homes Jan 1938 Cover

Shelves, Those Smart Space-Savers

The January 1938 edition of Better Homes & Gardens features an article on “Shelves, Those Smart Space-Savers.” It’s a little hard to see from the image, but there are many pieces of Pacific Pottery Hostessware displayed in the Welsh cupboard. On the bottom shelf, you can see the #430 ring pitcher with #431 barrel tumblers, the #314 footed salad bowl, and directly above it, the #302 beater pitcher. A dominant decorating style in the 1930s was Colonial Revival, and it’s always interesting to see the juxtaposition of modern dinnerware design set back into period furniture.

Better Homes Jan 1938 Pacific Pottery Display

However, Pacific isn’t the star of this particular edition. Pages 40-41 provide guidance for throwing your own Mexican Fiesta party, and the dinnerware in the display is Gale Turnbull’s “Going to Town” pattern by Vernon Kilns. The dinnerware isn’t mentioned by name, merely “As for dishes, Mexican ware of colored pottery is ideal to carry out the idea. But china will blend surprisingly well with a few authentic Mexican pieces to give the table a party atmosphere.”

The menu for our Fiesta includes Chile Con Carne, Avocado Salad, Tortillas, Fresh Figs or Dates, and Chocolate whipped to a froth in the Mexican manner. A Mexican party may need never be monotonous!

Better Homes Jan 1938 Vernon Kilns Fiesta