MIT Bird's-Eye View
Boston: 1916

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MIT tile MIT tile
MIT tile
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bird’s-Eye View

Jones, McDuffee & Stratton, 33 Franklin Street, Boston: 1916
Wedgwood, Etruria, England (manufacturer)
Transfer printed ceramic calendar tile in deep brown ink
3.5 x 4.75 inches
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Rectangular transfer-print tile from a series of promotional calendar tiles issued by Jones, McDuffee & Stratton and manufactured by the Wedgwood firm in England. A bird’s-eye view of M.I.T., featuring the main educational buildings and Great Dome, appears on the front, with a calendar for 1916 on the reverse. These buildings are now known as the Maclaurin Buildings, after Richard Maclaurin, the M.I.T. president who oversaw their construction. The tile was issued the year of the dedication of the Cambridge campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1916.

An early piece of M.I.T. memorabilia, it would make a nice gift for graduate, professor, or alumnus.

M.I.T. was founded in 1865. Roughly 50 years later, after M.I.T. alumni thwarted a proposed merger between the Institute and Harvard University, an anonymous donor gave the school money to purchase land along the Charles River and construct new buildings which would consolidate a campus previously scattered among several buildings in Boston’s Back Bay. The new campus was dedicated during a three-day reunion attended by almost 4,000 MIT alumni in June 1916.

Jones, McDuffee & Stratton was a Boston firm founded in 1810. Their 100th anniversary booklet published in 1910 claims that they were the nation’s “largest wholesale and resale crockery, china and glassware establishment.” From 1879 to 1929, Jones, McDuffee & Stratton issued ceramic calendar tiles manufactured by Wedgwood, which they distributed as Christmas gifts to customers. Most portrayed Boston landmarks. They were also the principal importers of Wedgwood blue historical plates of American views, manufactured between 1895 and 1910.

The calendar is inscribed with the manufacturer’s name: “Jones, McDuffee & Stratton, Crockery, China & Glass Merchants.”

References:

“Calendar Tile Page, The.” http://www.antiquecalendar.com/tiles/ (7 June 2004).

“Massachusetts Institute of Technology.” WordIQ.com.. 2004. http://www.wordiq.com/definition/MIT (7 June 2004).

“Souvenir Program, Alumni Dedication Reunion, Dedication of Cambridge Campus, June 12-14, 1916.” MIT Institute Archives and Special Collections. June 2003. http://libraries.mit.edu/archives/exhibits/pageant (7 June 2004).

“Wedgwood Blue Plates.” Old and Sold Antiques Auction & Marketplace. Originally published February 1957. http://www.oldandsold.com/articles/article113.shtml (7 June 2004).


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