Historical Red Transferware Serving Bowl - The Forks - A Century of Progress World's Fair


Brand Johnson Bros

Vintage Red Transferware bowl made exclusively for Marshall Fields Department stores by Johnson Brothers for a limited time in 1933 celebrating the World's Fair held in Chicago.  Memorabilia for World's Fairs are extremely collectible and transferware is difficult to find.   Johnson Brothers put out a full range of dinnerware commemorating the fair with each different piece depicting a different building or place in Chicago.

A Century of Progress Exposition was the theme of the World's Fair held in Chicago, as The Chicago World's Fair, from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial.  More than 39 million people attended Chicago’s second World’s Fair during that year.  The theme “A Century of Progress” referred to the 100-year period from the founding of Chicago in 1833, to the year of the fair, 1933. Many companies had working factories at the fair, where people could see the products being produced. Some of the items actually produced on the fairgrounds included Firestone tires, White Owl Cigars, Hiram Walker Whiskey (at the 1934 fair, as Prohibition ended at the end of 1933), Wonder Bread and even Chevrolet automobiles. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. The fair's motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Adapts"; its architectural symbol was the Sky Ride, a transporter bridge perpendicular to the shore on which one could ride from one side of the fair to the other.

This oval serving bowl depicts The Forks aka Wolf Point which is the location at the confluence of the North, South and Main Branches of the Chicago River in the present day Near North Side, Loop, and Near West Side community areas of Chicago. This fork in the river is historically important in the development of early Chicago. This was the location of Chicago's first three taverns, its first hotel, Sauganash Hotel, its first ferry, its first drug store, its first church, and the first bridges across the Chicago River. The name is said to possibly derive from a Native American Chief whose name translated to wolf, but alternate theories exist (see Wikipedia for more info).  Surrounding the center scene on the bowl is a band of embossed lines followed by a smooth band and crimped, scalloped rim in pink/red.  

Measures: 9 1/8" x 7 1/8" x 2 1/8" deep
Condition: Mild crazing, needs a good cleaning

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