Frankoma Pottery was an Oklahoma based company founded in Norman and later moving to the area of Sapulpa near Tulsa. Their early designs were notable for the sleekly abstract designs reflecting Art Deco influences and later for their Western themes (i.e., Wagon Wheel motif) as the old west and cowboys flourished in popular culture. Collector and commemorative plates were a popular item in mid-twentieth century and the firm was involved in creating those as well as numerous political and special award creations. The business closed but is has since reopened.
In 1966, Methodism celebrated its bicentennial with a variety of special works, activities, and publications marking the progress of a renewal movement begun in 1766 that evolved into a church.
Description: On the front, "1766-BICENTENNIAL OF METHODISM IN AMERICA-1966" circles the top half of the plate. "FOUNDER OF METHODISM" is in the center of the plate with a bust of John Wesley. A depiction of a building is identified as "FIRST METHODIST SERMON, EMBURY'S HOUSE, NEW YORK-1766 "on the upper left of the plate. A man on a horse is at the bottom of the plate with "THE CIRCUIT RIDER" printed under it.
There are profiles of Phil Embury, Susanna Wesley, Francis Asbury and C. Wesley (Charles Wesley has a music scale at the plate edge reflecting his role as musician, songwriter).
In the center of the back side of the plate is printed "HONORING THE PIONEERS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST AND THE ESTABLISHING OF METHODISM IN AMERICA..."
"BISHOPS OF UNITING CONFERENCE: EDWIN HOLT HUGHES - M.E.C.; JAMES H. STRAUHN - M.P.C.; JOHN M. MOORE - M.E.C.S.; 1939"; c. Frankoma Pottery 1966."
The following names of early Methodist leaders circle the back rim of the plate: Joshua Soule, George Whitefield, Robert Strawbridge, Thomas Coke, Capt. Thomas Webb, James Axley, Peter Cartwright, Wm. McKendree, Jason Lee, J.J. Methvin, Littleton Fowler, Wm. Capers.