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Some examples of Frankoma from this time period can be found with a black ink rubber stamp.
Frankoma also used the cat mark (Pot & Puma) between 19. Prior to a large fire at the plant in 1938 the Frankoma mark had a perfectly round ‘O’ after the fire the ‘O’ became more oblong.
The smallest 1/8" mark was used from 1939-1940 and got larger almost from year to year into the 1950's until 1954 when the 3/8" mark was used and the end of Ada clay production.
Sometime in 1952 or 1953 was the beginning of the "stylized in the mold " mark which included the Frankoma name and mold number.
This mineral rich clay significantly changed the appearance of many of the glazes, especially the rutile glazes.
(Prairie Green, Woodland Moss, Peach Glow, Desert Gold, Brown Satin).
Over the years the quality of this clay declined past an acceptable level.
Many pieces have the mold number on the base, but older pieces and many newer small pieces have no mold number.
John Frank died in 1973 and his daughter, Joniece, inherited the business.
After financial problems, Frankoma was sold in 1991.
Clicking on the mold number will take you to the first entry of a given piece in the Frankoma catalog.
Clicking the links to the right of the date will take you to other photos if they are available on this site.