Souvenir plates like this were manufactured by Vernon Kilns predominantly from the 1940's through the 1950's. This 10 5/8" transfer ware plate features the historical town of Danville, Virginia. Known as the "Last Capital of the Confederacy" the Confederate Memorial Library (which still stands) is one of the featured areas. The city of Danville was also well known for the Dan River Cotton Mill which was the largest single-unit textile mill in the world. The mill offered textile jobs for a great percentage of the town's population and sold cotton fabrics nationally. Two views of the mill are featured on the plate. The plate also shares other historic scenes from the tobacco auction market, Stratford College, Averett College, and the city's Memorial Hospital.
The plate is in Excellent Condition. It was created by Vernon Kilns as a promotion by the Belk-Leggett Department Store. The Belk store was massive in the small downtown Danville and became known as "a shopping center" all on it's own.
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