Monday, August 29, 2011

More Homer Laughlin (Jr.) in Los Angeles

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In 1915, Homer Laughlin, Jr. built the Laughlin Theatre in downtown Long Beach, CA.  Designed by architect Irving Gill in a very streamlined version of his typical Spanish colonial style, the building was badly damaged in the 1933 Long Beach earthquake, and was eventually demolished.  It was located at the southwest corner of Pine Avenue and 4th Street.  Gill also designed a home for Homer, Jr., his wife and son (Homer III) in the fashionable West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1912. See Darlene Nossaman's article from Volume 4, No. 3 of The Dish (Spring 2002) for more information about Homer, Homer, Jr. and Homer III in Los Angeles.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

"Like" the Homer Laughlin Building

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Browsing on Facebook recently, we came across this Wikipedia post for the Homer Laughlin Building in downtown Los Angeles, CA.  Built by Homer Laughlin in 1896--having sold the Homer Laughlin China Company by that time to the Wells and Aaron families--the building is still in use today, and is home to the Grand Central Market.  Homer Laughlin (along with his son, Homer, Jr.) made something of a name for himself in Los Angeles real estate in the early 20th century, including a movie theatre in Long Beach and a gated subdivision (Laughlin Park) in Los Feliz.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Facebook Group to Celebrate Becky Turner on August 29th

A Facebook group will be celebrating the life of Becky Turner, long-time HLCCA member and former HLCCA Treasurer, who passed away unexpectedly in late July 2011.  The celebration is scheduled for next Monday, August 29, 2011 (which would have been her 57th birthday).  Please join Becky's friends and family in this loving tribute.  Click here to see who's attending and for more details.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Shake, Rattle & Roll!

We hope that everyone's dish collection made it through today's 5.8-magnitude earthquake near Washington, DC.  Watch out for aftershocks!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Memorial Tree in Honor of Becky Turner

In honor of Becky Turner, a collection is being taken up to dedicate a tree in her memory at the Huntsville Botanical Garden in Huntsville, AL.  Please contact Maryann Cannon for details.  A total of $1,000 is sought for this fitting memorial to Becky.

(Photo credit: Huntsville Botanical Garden website)

Decorated Vintage Fiesta Chop Plate

A recent blog visitor has shared with us these photos of a decorated vintage ivory Fiesta chop plate. We're guessing that it's the 15-inch chop plate without the double foot (based upon the relative size of the plate to the Fiesta backstamp).  Over the Fiesta backstamp is a gold backstamp reading "Vogue Dinnerware Warranted 24K Gold."  Is anyone familiar with this dinnerware line or decoration?  If so, please let us know.

(Photo credits: Judy Jones)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Fiesta Dinnerware Hailed as "Sustainable" on Mother Nature Network

Check out this blog post from the Mother Nature Network, which raves about the "green" credentials of our favorite American dinnerware!

It's August!

Dish news always starts to run a bit thin during the long, warm days of summer.  Please feel free to pass along any items you'd like to share to