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Object ID # 1959.005.002
Object Name Plate, Commemorative
Other Name Souvenir, Grey County
Title Owen Sound Post Office Plate
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Year Range from 1910
Year Range to 1925
Made made for McClarty Bros. (an Owen Sound grocery store)
Place of Origin Unknown
Description A blue and white cake plate with a transfer-printed picture of 9th Street and the Post Office building in Owen Sound, Ontario. It is a ceramic plate. It was made for McClarty Bros., an Owen Sound grocery (groceries often had crockery departments). Some of the blue has a "flow-blue" appearance. The rim ara has a deep blue and white border, then a dot and dash ring. The center of the plate has a blue and white transfer showing a three-storey stone building, with the caption "Post Office, Owen Sound, Ont."
-The reverse side has a blue-printed tranfer-printed mark: "MAN ed [Manufactured] FOR MCCLARTY BROS. CHINA HALL, OWEN SOUND, ONT." There is also an affixed adhesive paper address label from the donor.
Provenance The precise age of this plate is not known. It has an illustration on it of the third Owen Sound post office building, which was built in 1910 and closed down operation as a postal building in 1958. It is located on the southwest corner of 9th St. and 3rd Ave. East, Owen Sound, Ontario. In 2008, it was reported that this three-storey limestone building is 98 years old.

The plate was made for "McClarty Bros." This was a grocery and china goods store located on Union St. (8th St. East). The McClarty business is listed in the 1917 telephone book at 314 8th St. East. In 1926, G. H. McClarty is listed as a grocer at 341 8th St. East (no longer at 314, or was a typo printed?). In the 1937 telephone book, there is no McClarty business listed.

The previous owner, J. B. Ankcorn, was formerly Amy __________. Her husband was John B. Ankcorn.

The pottery of origin is not known, but McClarty Bros. must of ordered it from somewhere.
Collection Food Service Tools & Equipment
Material Ceramic/Transfer Print/Glaze
Dimensions H-2.5 Dia-25.7 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People McClarty, G. H.

Ankcorn, John B.
Subjects Owen Sound Business
Post Offices
Search Terms Owen Sound Post Offices
Function Souvenir cake plate