A section of Hill Pottery earthenware drainpipe.
Hill Pottery redware pot
with Albany Slip glaze.
By 1900, the company, now Fulper Pottery Co.,
was under the direction of William H. Fulper II, grandson of Abram Fulper.
William H. Fulper II was responsible for the development and introduction of
Fulper Pottery Co.'s now renowned Vasekraft art pottery in 1909. In 1910,
he hired ceramic engineer Martin Stangl to develop new Fulper Pottery shapes and
William Hill Fulper II
Johann Martin Stangl
By 1924, Martin Stangl was vice president of
the company, and was responsible for the introduction of America's first open
stock solid-color dinnerware. Production had continued all along in the
original Flemington factory until the 1920s when another small factory was built
in Flemington and a large existing pottery facility in Trenton was acquired by
the company. In 1929, the original factory in Flemington burned, so all
production was absorbed by the other two facilities.
Fulper Pottery Plant No. 2, early 1930s.
(Compare how the trees and shrubs have grown in the 1972 photo above!)
Fulper Pottery Plant No.3, Trenton, NJ, 1920s ~ the location for
all Stangl dinnerware production from 1926-1978.
A portion of Stangl's Trenton factory in 1952.
In 1935, production was ceased at the small remaining
Flemington location, and that building was utilized solely as a retail showroom
for the company's ceramic products, becoming one of the Nation's first
"factory outlets". By the 1940s,
hand-painted dinnerware had become popular, augmented in 1942 with the
introduction of Stangl's best-known product, hand-carved, hand-painted
dinnerware. Stangl's dinnerware and artware was sold through over 3000
department, gift and jewelry stores across America.
From the 1930s through
1978, Stangl's Flemington Outlet showroom was a keenly popular tourist
destination. Folks traveled from far and wide to partake of the bargains
in high-quality pottery offered there. During busy week-ends, there were
often as many as 1000 patrons visiting Stangl's Flemington showrooms.
Automobile clubs and tour bus lines often included the Stangl Outlet as an
integral part of many road trips.
A busy parking lot at the Stangl Flemington Outlet in 1952.
Shopping at Stangl seems always to be
remembered as delightful experience. Whether twenty, forty or even fifty
years later, visitors recall with pleasure the original Kiln display, or
searching through endless stacks of dinnerware for those wonderful
By November 1978, Stangl Pottery ceased
manufacturing and closed forever, signaling the end of a truly unique American
Trenton's famous "Trenton Makes" bridge. Since 1935, this
glowing neon billboard has been announcing Trenton's importance as a
manufacturing center, noted for steel, wire rope, linoleum, rubber and ceramics.
Click here for more on this unusual landmark...