Thursday, July 28, 2005

Southern Pacific Railroad 1920s Freight Records - California Pottery Company

From: "Sarah Lim"

... I am looking for the Southern Pacific Railroad company freight records pertaining to the California Pottery Company plant in Merced, California. I am working on a new exhibit for our museum which will open in May 2006. Southern Pacific Railroad Company was crucial to the pottery plant in Merced since it shipped out most of its products. The Merced plant was built and dedicated in 1922 and closed in 1931 during the Great Depression. Any information and direction you provide will be greatly appreciated.

Sarah Lim, Museum Director
Merced County Courthouse Museum

SP Artwork by Maurice Logan

In the 1920s, SP commissioned the then well-known Bay Area landscape artist Maurice Logan, one of the "Society of Six" or "Oakland Six" impressionistic landscape colorists, to produce paintings that served as illustrations for passenger brochures and ephemera of all kinds. He produced a great many very good works (Mt. Shasta, Crater Lake, many views of California, SPGG Ferries on SF Bay and so forth) ...

Does anyone have any idea whether the originals of this work still exist, and if they do, where any of them might be located? ...

—Tom Matoff

[from the R&LHS Newsgroup]

California Big Trees, Maurice Logan, 1933

California Big Trees, Maurice Logan, 1933
Courtesy of Tom Matoff.