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Friday, January 16, 2015

Frankoma ashtrays and snack stands

A reader emailed me yesterday asking about his Frankoma smoking stand. He had seen a photo on a very early post from 2010...when I had only been blogging for a little over a month, in fact...that showed the stand to have a magazine rack, which his does not have, making him wonder if his was on a "married" stand.

I was fascinated by his question, and in searching for an answer, I found them with and without magazine racks, so apparently they were sold both ways.

Frankoma smoking stand in prairie green - Debra Taylor

Frankoma smoking stand/magazine rack

Over the past few years, I've found that some people love Frankoma pottery, while others find it a little too traditional. Generally, though, no one can resist the charm of the stand. It's classic mid-century. Take a look at some other examples I ran across.

This one is called the Serva-Tray with magazine rack. It was the 1955 Ceramic Award Winner in the Hess Bros. National Contest for Versatility in Design and Use. Frankoma produced it from 1955 through 1964. I wouldn't mind having one of these by my favorite chair.

Serva-Tray in prairie green

Serva-Tray in desert gold

Serva-Tray in turquoise - Bead Booty

Serving trays on stands - Bead Booty


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    1. What is it about putting something on a stand that makes it so fantastic? ;)

  2. Oh goodness Dana, my Dad had one just like the top one for years! The kidling dragged the stand behind her everywhere, lol.

    1. They definitely bring back memories for some of us, don't they? Both my grandfathers had Frankoma smoking stands. Since Frankoma was made in Oklahoma, it was very common in Texas homes, so I grew up surrounded by it.

  3. Gorgeous colors on these! Love the yellow in the bottom right pic and the turquoise one.

    1. My family mainly had the green pieces. It was only after we opened a booth at an antique mall that I started running into all these other fun colors. They really make the pieces look more modern, I think.

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    1. I think they are too! I'm not really into a lot of kitsch, but these are so much fun. I'd have one in my house...especially one of the snack trays.

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