I recently added two items to my on line store, Sirocco’s Curios . They are two decorative plates commemorating Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. The plates were commissioned by the Avon Corporation and were awarded exclusively to Avon representatives who had top sales in a 1976 sales initiative. The plates were produced by Wedgwood of the United Kingdom.
Avon began in 1886 when David McConnell, a traveling book salesman, noticed that his women customers were more interested in the free perfume samples he was giving out rather than the books he was selling. So began Avon. It began as the California Perfume Company. McConnell recruited women to do the selling, believing they would better be able to network with women clients. It also gave women an opportunity to earn much more money than the low wages of the time. Some of you might remember the TV commercial where there was the sound of a doorbell ringing followed by a musical female voice “Avon Calling.” I remember it well. That was in 1962. I guess I am dating myself here. Avon is still in business today and still uses many of the same sales techniques that it pioneered over a hundred years ago.
The Wedgwood Company was founded by pottery maker Josiah Wedgwood in 1759 in England. Wedgwood has produced many different kinds of pottery but it is probably most famous for its Jasperware. Jasperware is that light blue pottery with white décor and has that ancient cameo look to it. I had the good fortune to be able to visit the Wedgwood factory in England a few years ago. It is an impressive place. The company has been through many changes over the years. It combined with Waterford Crystal in 1987 and today the company is known as WWRD (Wedgwood, Waterford, Royal Doulton). Evidently much of the pottery is now made in Indonesia.
Avon awards have become very collectable over the years and with all the history behind them I can see why. I invite you to visit my store, Sirocco’s Curios and take a look around. Just click on the links above in the first paragraph.