LYONS — On display at the Lyons Public Library, 122 Broad St., is a large collection of Hall China's Autumn Leaf pattern owned by Dora Talbo. The collection was originally her mother's.
The following information came from the National Autumn Leaf Collectors Club: "In 1933, Hall China Company made its first autumnal decorated bowl for the Jewel Tea Company to be used as a premium. During the early 1930s, Hall was turning out teapots, coffee pots, custards, ramekins, casseroles, shirred egg dishes, coffee urn linings, pot pie dishes, steam table pots, and bain marie jars, among other items. Management had such high confidence in the ware that a two-year guarantee was offered with every piece."
The Jewel Tea Company, started in 1899 by Frank Skiff, sold their goods such as grocery items to cleaning supplies, linens, cookware and china door to door until 1981. Premium coupons were given to the customers and when they had accumulated enough a choice of premium items was offered. Highly prized today are the china sets, especially the Autumn Leaf pattern. The collection will be on display until Oct. 26.
The library is always looking for unique collections for its cabinet. Please let the director, Theresa Streb, know if you have something to display. Call the Lyons Public Library at 946-9262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for hours and services.