This 1949 Chicago Railroad Fair Historical Plate was made by Vernon Kilns of California. Decorated In monochromatic browns, the plate has a 3-1/2 circular medallion in the center depicting a modern railroad engine of the 1940s, surrounded by six 2-1/2 inch circles each with a delineated illustration of an historical locomotive as follows: Rocket, 1829; Tom Thumb 1829-30; Lafayette 1831; De Witt Clinton 1837; Minnetonka 1869; and Immigrant Train 1878. The seven medallions are backed by a pleasing geometric design featuring six circular emblems featuring a gate-like double R. The 3/4-inch rim of the plate reads “Chicago Railroad Fair” in block letters and the logos of various railroads circle the rim.
This plate measures about an inch deep and 10-3/8 inches in diameter.
Made by Vernon circa 1949, it is marked with an unusual sign-like cartouche encompassing the words “1848-1949 Commemorating The One-Hundredth Anniversary of Railroading Made Exclusively for Marshall Field and Company by Vernon Kilns U.S.A.”
Its wonderful vintage condition shows very few surface scratches. The logos on the rim show a little wear, but this may actually be imperfections that occurred during the transfer process. The dark smudge under the word “Railroad” that shows in the picture was a bit of stubborn sticker residue that has since been removed, as have the smudges on the back. There are no other condition issues.