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Advertising on Transferware ~ Millennium Mills Flour

Transfer printed containers were made in England and sold to many countries where they would be locally filled and distributed.  These containers were custom made for small chemists (pharmacies) in England to large, international corporations.

One of my favorite pieces in my collection of transfer printed advertising wares is this Millennium Flour container.  It was produced by Crown Ducal for millers W. Vernon and Sons who named their mill after their most successful product: Millennium Flour, a flour product which won "The Miller Challenge Cup" in 1899 at the International Bakers Exhibition. 





Millennium Mills is nestled along the Thames river at The Royal Victoria Docks, the docklands,  and was designed and built by William Vernon and Sons in 1905. source

Millennium Mills was partially destroyed in 1917 by the Silvertown explosion at Bruner Mond's munitions factory that was manufacturing explosives for Britain's World War I effort.  In 1920 they were taken over by Spil…

The Poetry Game of 1898 & Red Transferware Vignette

"A room without books is like a body without a soul"
The first time I read that Cicero quote I thought of how true it was.  I think I have books in every room of my house.  Some of my books serve dual purposes since I not only love to read them, but love to decorate with them to. 



This vignette is in my office.  An antique transferware chamber pot serves as a book holder for a small collection of Shakespeare books. This chamber pot is from the Aesthetic Movement. 


What I want to show though isn't actually a book, but  it's just as good as one!  It is an antique playing card set that dates to 1898.  It covers one of my favorite subjects; poetry. 

It is complete with the instructions still intact, inside the cover of the box.  

Each card front depicts the home of Longfellow.

There are 52 playing cards, 13 cards from four different countries; America, Ireland, England and Scotland.  Each country is represented by several famous poets, and each card has a few verses from the po…