Monday, March 05, 2007

A Rock City Ceramic Plate

Ceramic Plates are not my specialty. This is the first one for me to own. I am not very good at determining the age of this collectible, but if I were to guess, I'd put it in the 1950's based on the 6 pictures.

See Rock City Ceramic Spoke Plate

Starting at the top and working clockwise:
1) Lovers leap. This was designed before today's higher guard rails. When rock city was first opened commercially in the 1930's, the stone guard rail wasn't even there - the brave just walked close to the edge of the cliff.

Rock City Lover's Leap

2) Swing-along bridge - Scaring many for years. You can opt to transverse the ravine on a stone bridge, which is where you'd be standing to get this view. Many industrial buildings of Chattanooga are in the background.

The Rock City Swinging Bridge

3) 1000 Ton Balanced Rock

4) See Seven States marker overlooking the Chattanooga Valley

See Seven States

5) Most pertinent to me is the replica of a rock city barn. That is a standard message, so I don't know if this is a replica of an actual barn, or if it was drawn specifically for the plate design.

6) The See Rock City hot air balloon. This is new to me. I assume they had one at some point to be depicted here. I would like to know more about it, but I don't have any information about it. That is what I'd expect a 1940's era hot air balloon to look like.


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