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In the 1980s the clay color became a light pink or orange.
The earliest Frankoma pieces (1933-1934) were marked either Frank Potteries Norman Okahoma, or with the OKLA abbreviation rather than the full state name, or simply Frank Potteries. Prior to a large fire at the plant in 1938 the Frankoma mark had a round 'O' after the fire the 'O' became more oblong.
Check back stamps or marks for changes in countries.
After World War II, Germany became East Germany and West Germany, so imports marked "Made in Western Germany" date from about 1950 to 1990.
Country of origin and import laws control the information on pottery imported to the United States. A stamp or marking with the country of origin usually indicates an item made after 1891, the date of enactment of the Mc Kinley Tariff Act in the United States.
This act required that country of origin be marked on all imports. Changes enacted to the Tariff Act in 1914 required the words "made in," followed by the country of origin.
John Frank passed away in 1973, and his youngest daughter Joniece took over operations.
(A website link is displayed below) Gracetone - Mr.The Frankoma name was coined a year later and is a combination of his surname and the last three letters of the state where the potter was located.(at the time this was Oklahoma's only commercial pottery) In 1938 the business was moved to Sapulpa, just outside of Tulsa.Many collectors now refer to the pottery from this era as Ada clay pieces.The Ada clay pieces are typically the most sought-after by pottery collectors. Frankoma collectors commonly refer to this clay as Sapulpa clay pre-1980.
If you prefer, you can also order or ask questions by using our New listing! Frank met Grace Lee Bowman on January 30, 1928, and they married the following September on the bride's twenty-third birthday.