Yellowstone by Homer Laughlin
LaurelHollowPark.net, an informative website created and
maintained by Mark Gonzalez. Copyright © 2009-.
Yellowstone was introduced in 1926. Shown is a trade ad dated August 5, 1926 which best describes the design. The ad reads:
The Yellowstone is striking in simplicity. There is no relief work, embossing or irregular surface to compete with, or to detract from, the decorative effects. The soft ivory shape, reproducing the exquisite color tone of Belleek, and the plain octagon outlines, provide the ideal frame and background for the score of original decorations especially designed for this model.

Many of the discriminating buyers who have already had opportunity to inspect the Yellowstone have been good enough to pronounce it the outstanding creation of the year, one destined for unrivaled popularity.

The confident tone of the ad was well founded as the Yellowstone shape would go on to be among HLC's best selling lines for the next ten years. It would continue to be made into the late 1940s, but not in the same quantities as its peak years in the 1930s. For most of its production run, it was made in ivory and the rich vellum glaze originally developed for Century. Many stylistic floral decals popular in the late 1920s used on Newell, Empress, and Kwaker are also found on Yellowstone.

Frederick Rhead joined Homer Laughlin as art director in 1927 and made no significant changes to Yellowstone. There are at least two sugar and casserole types; one where the lids fit "into" the bases and the other where the lid extends over the base's opening. This was probably done so the sugars and casseroles could be sold as "open" pieces as well as with lids.

Most pieces are marked with a general HLC backstamp.

Trimming Wells (left) and Yellowstone (right) sauceboats, circa early 1930s.

Casserole with pattern Y-98

Casserole with pattern Y-137

Casserole with pattern V-75

Casserole with pattern Y-2

Casserole with pattern Y-134

Casserole with pattern Y-39

Yellowstone platter with gold band

Yellowstone pickle dish with Y-77

Author Richard Racheter named this decal, Madame Gautier

Willow treatment

"Arcadia" (Y-11) Yellowstone platter

Golden Rose with luster trim

Yellowstone teapot

Y-132 teapot

Pink and Yellow Roses sugar and creamer

Yellowstone creamers

Yellowstone gravy

Yellowstone creamer

Rosetta and Lovebirds gravy boats

Three daisies cup and saucer

Y-75 cup and saucer

"Prairie Rose" cup and saucer

Yellowstone cup and saucer, Y-117

Yellowstone shape 36s bowls, left to right; W-132, W-127/30, and an unidentified pattern.

Platter and covered casserole with treatment Y-232.

15-inch platter with Blue Willow decal and gold stamps, dated 1926

Woolworth's exclusive pattern

Bird of Paradise

Blue Flower

Y-222 plate

Pink Rose with green trim

Yellowstone plate

Three Roses plate

Yellowstone plate

Yellowstone plate

Pattern W127/30
Pattern Y-224, "Fluffy Rose"

Golden Rose

Pastel Rose, W-132

Gold Band

Yellowstone teapots

Advertisement from 1926.

Advertisement from 1931.

Advertisement from 1926.

Pattern W-440 soup

Pattern W127/30 platter


W-132 Egg cups and 36s bowl

The following four pictures are from the research files of Joanne Jasper.

Pattern W-132 on a Yellowstone sugar and creamer with a Jade covered butter.

"Nasturtium" with gold trim bouillon and liner.

Yellowstone covered sugar.

Y-28, Rosetta pattern

A selection of Yellowstone shop samples fom the collection of the FiestaŽ Tableware Company.

  1. Teacup and saucer
  2. Coffee cup and saucer
  3. Demitasse cup and sacuer
  4. 24s Jug
  5. Creamer
  6. Sugar
  7. 36s bowl
  8. Baker
  9. Grape fruit
  10. Coupe soup
  11. Covered butter
  12. Pickle
  13. Relish
  14. Casserole
  15. 9" Plate
  16. Fruit Cup
  17. Platter
  18. Oatmeal
  19. Nappy

Assortment of Items:
  • 7 1/2" Baker
  • 7 3/4" Baker
  • 8 3/4" Baker
  • 9 3/4" Baker
  • 30s Bowl
  • 36s Bowl
  • 30s Oyster Bowl
  • 36s Oyster Bowl
  • Covered Butter
  • Individual butter
  • 9 1/2" Cake Plate
  • Casserole
  • Coffee Cup
  • Coffee Saucer
  • Demitasse Cup
  • Demitasse Saucer
  • Creamer
  • Ind. Creamer
  • 9 1/4" Platter
  • 10" Platter
  • 11 1/4" Platter
  • 12 1/2" Platter
  • 13 3/8" Platter
  • 15" Platter
  • 17 1/4" Platter
  • 5 1/4" Fruit cup
  • 5 5/8" Fruit Cup
  • 7" Grape Fruit
  • 12s Jug, 3 5/8 pts.
  • 24s Jug, 2 1/2 pts.
  • 30s Jug, 1 7/8 pts.
  • 36s Jug, 1 1/8 pts.
  • 42s Jug, 1 pt.
  • 48s Jug, 5/8 pt.
  • 6 1/4" Nappy
  • 7 1/4" Nappy
  • 8 1/4" Nappy
  • 9 3/8" Nappy
  • 30s Oatmeal
  • 36s Oatmeal
  • 8 1/2" Pickle
  • 5 1/2" Plate
  • 6 1/8" Plate
  • 7" Plate
  • 8" Plate
  • 8 7/8" Plate
  • 9 3/4" Plate
  • 9" Deep Plate
  • 7 3/8" Coupe Soup
  • 8 1/8" Coupe Soup
  • Relish
  • Sauceboat
  • Gravy Faststand
  • Sugar
  • Ind. Sugar
  • Teacup
  • Saucer
  • Teapot

Copyright © 2009-