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Vintage Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad China "Rose" Platter GM&ORR Top Logo
This eye catching platter is from the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad. The pattern name is "Rose," a strong pink fading into white with a winged logo made by Syracuse China using their airbrush shadowtone process. Dining car items from the GM&O are hard to find -- "Rose" was the only china the railway ever ordered. It was first ordered in the 1940s and used for many years.
SIZE is approximately 5.5 by 7 inches.
CONDITION is superb with only the very lightest surface marks. You must tilt it in bright light to see them. There are NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. The only thing we can criticize is a small glaze flaw at about the 5-o'clock position, which was one when it was being made - see our last picture please, and this can be seen in front view pictures.
The bottom marking is correct with only maker Syracuse China information. Rose was never railroad marked on the underside. The date code II-3 stands for March 1954.
The Gulf, Mobile & Ohio has a colorful history, including being the first "large" railroad in the United States to replace all its steam locomotives with diesels. Headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, it was a Class I railroad in the central United States whose primary routes extended from Mobile and New Orleans, Louisiana, to St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri, as well as Chicago, Illinois. From its two parallel lines through eastern Mississippi, the GM&O also served Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama, as well as Memphis, Tennessee. The Gulf, Mobile & Northern Railroad was created as the reorganization of the New Orleans, Mobile & Chicago Railroad in 1917. The GM&O was incorporated in 1938 to merge the Gulf, Mobile & Northern Railroad and the Mobile& Ohio Railroad, which was accomplished in 1940. The GM&O later bought and merged the Alton Railroad in 1947. The end finally came when in August, 1972 the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad merged into the Illinois Central Railroad, forming the 9600-mile north-south Illinois Central Gulf Railroad.
COLLECTOR NOTE: Unless it has a top GM&O logo, a piece of pink airbrushed Syracuse China cannot be documented (and almost certainly is NOT) from the GM&O. The pink/white was a common stock pattern sold to all comers. Do not buy "GM&O" withou
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