For many years American potteries produced wares for the Quaker Oats Company to be packaged in boxes of oats. In the 1920s, breakfast sets were made consisting of teacups, saucers, 6" plates, oatmeal bowls, and fruit cups. Sometimes pieces were taken from existing lines of dinnerware, and in other cases, items were specially created for the promotion.
The Homer Laughlin China Co. almost always shared production of these special promotional lines. Quaker Oats' orders were quite large and they didn't want to rely solely on one pottery to supply the dishes.
To the right is a store display with varoius Quaker Oats products with promotional wares. One has HLC's Carnival, and another has Anchor Hocking glassware.
Trellis, Wells, and OvenServe are three examples where items were taken from existing lines to create breakfast sets. On the other hand, Peachtree, Doric, Carnival, and Harvest were specially created. Other lines such as Ivory Color and Chelsea came from other pottery companies. The fifteen most common lines made by HLC are given in the table below. Click on any of the links for more information.