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Vollrath Teapot Made Impression at 1904 World's Fair

Sheboygan County Historical Research Center

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The Vollrath Company entered an outstanding exhibit in the 1904 Exhibition in St. Louis and displayed in the Hall of Manufactures. The exhibit’s centerpiece was one of Sheboygan County’s iconic emblems, the giant Blue Label tea kettle that graced the Sheboygan skyline and county parades for decades.

Henry Williams, pattern maker for the Falls Machine Company of Sheboygan Falls, was engaged to construct the scale model of one of the company’s best sellers. Coated to resemble the special blue ware that Vollrath manufactured, it was made of wood overlaid with canvas and many coats of paint. The capacity of the kettle was 2,256 gallons which was 1,805 times greater than the average tea kettle used in the home. The display was awarded a blue ribbon by the judges. 

After the World’s Fair was over, the tea kettle was popular on the parade circuit in the county. It was prominently featured on a float during the August 9-14, 1909 Sheboygan Homecoming.

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