Porcelain souvenir plate with gilt edge and gold flowers applied over a pastel green luster glaze band just under the rim. Hand colored central view of "Washington St., Mendotta, Ill." reveals a quiet city street between two and three story buildings with street lamps that are probably gas lights as there are no electric lines or poles in view. Optician's sign over one doorway and on the side of the tallest building on the left is an advertisement for "Undertaking Schildberg & McDowell Distributors". Wear to the gold around the plate's edge, scuff in the blue of the sky and another by the identification ribbon in the street at bottom. Dark spot seen near the two o'clock position is where a small impurity in the glaze burned dark in the kiln. No chips or cracks; 5 7/8 inches in diameter. Back stamped "The Jonroth Hand Painted Studios" in silver artist's palette and "Germany".
Souvenir china views were created from original photographs supplied to the manufacturer by a local group or company. Often their black and white image was then hand colored, as in this example. German-made scenic 'china' articles typically were made of good quality hard paste porcelain, which helped them to survive through the years. Souvenir china views were popular travel souvenirs between 1890 and the mid-1930's and today they offer us tiny windows on the past.
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