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George Lefton China "Turn About Graduate" Boy & Girl S/P Shakers
George Zolton Lefton was a Hungarian who made his living in sportswear. In 1919, Lefton left Hungary for a better life and settled in Chicago, Illinois. By 1941 Lefton was focused solely on porcelain and had opened Lefton China. He died in 1996 and the company was sold in 2001, but production under the label continues today.
A very unique and unusual novelty set of salt and pepper shakers were produced in he mid-1950's. Called turn-about shakers, they differed in design from front to back. One side shows the boy and girl attired in their graduation cap and gown, each holding their diploma. The other side depicts the boy in work clothes and holding a shovel, as in digging ditches; the girl in a waitress outfit serving customers in a restaurant. The overall deeper meaning was to get ready for manual labor if you do not prepare yourself for college and a better life. The shakers measure 3 1/2" in height. Each are marked "Geo. Z Lefton 1956". There are no cracks, chips or repairs; some minor paint wear on edge of graduation caps. A rare set of Lefton S/P shakers.
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