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Object Name Mug, Shaving
Alternate Name Shaving Mug
Date ca. 1910
Description Porcelain occupational shaving mug decorated with a transfer-printed and filled (hand-colored) scene of an open trolley car with passengers. Mug is cylindrical with a shaped base, rolled rim, and loop handle. Inscribed in gold lettering: "Alfred A. Skelson." Impressed mark on underside of base: "AUSTRIA". Height is 3.5 inches; diameter of base is 3.625 inches.
(Keywords: European, New York City)
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History Alfred A. Skelson was born in Norway in 1879, but his family moved to the United States when he was a young child. It appears that the family name was originally Askelson, but became Skelson after coming to the U.S.

The 1910 census showed Alfred's occupation to be streetcar conductor, as reflected in the illustration on this shaving mug. By 1920 he had followed his father's profession as a ship carpenter, working at Staten Island's Standard Shipbuilding Company. Alfred and his wife Cecelia lived in West New Brighton, Staten Island, with their children Lawrence, Alfred, and Loretta.
Earliest Date 1905
Latest Date 1915
Material Ceramic
Subjects Shaving
Barbers
Conductors
Street railroads
Occupations
Transportation
Lexicon Sub-category Toilet Article
Associated People Skelson, Alfred A.
Catalog Number A41.0032
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, May 2014.
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