It was exciting to read in the Red Wing Republican Eagle that the Eisenhower Bridge in Red Wing, MN turned 50 this month. (see article). Eric Lundy’s article mentioned that that the Red Wing Potteries made an souvenir ashtray toÂ recognize the dedication of the Hiawatha Bridge byÂ President Eisenhower.
Reading the article and a call to the RWCS office today reminded me thatÂ the RWCS Newsletter had an article on the visit and the souvenir ashtray.Â So, I thought it would be great to post more information on this great example of the many souvenir that the Red Wing Potteries made during their production history.
The Eisenhower Bridge ashtray was known to be produced in four colors – green, red, yellow and light blue. Teddy and Dave Hutchson, father and son, designed the piece. According to Ray Reiss’s book Art Pottery, the ashtray was sold by the Red Wing chapters of the Eastern Star and the Rosary Society. Approximately 3,000 were reportedly sold on the day of President Eisenhower’s visit, the leftovers were sold later at Red Wing’s Salesroom.
Today, the market value among collectors is around $75 and sometimes it can be more depending on the color.
Thank you to Rick Natynski, RWCS Newsletter editor, for his great research for the full article that was published in the October 2006 newsletter. This issue along with issues from 1996 through the present are available online to all current members of the RWCS.
Thats all for now!