Magnet pictures an advertisement from the 1950s for Ransburg enamel tole painted kitchen and bath metal accessories, including cake covers, bread boxes, waste cans, tissue boxes, paper towel holders and canister sets. Shown are group in Chinese red, white, pink, yellow, maroon and black, daisy, wild flowers and roses.
The Ransburg company was founded in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1911 by Harper J. Ransburg. Ransburg products were as much a staple in the households of my 1950s childhood as Rubbermaid products are today. Bet there was at least one Ransburg item in a majority of America's homes. That they were hand painted and located only 3 hours from my home didn't dent my kid consciousness then, of course. It's interesting to see the paper towel holder. In our household, well into the 1960s, paper towel was deemed an unacceptable extravagance; the Ransburgs anticipated the change in that stigma.
Harper's grandsons have a great website and book filled with information about the Ransburg company and its products. Harper's sons went on to invent and patent electrostatic painting (commonly known as "powder coating"), that remains today as a primary method for coatings in industry, used to paint everything from automobiles to office furniture.