Historical Archaeology

, Volume 50, Issue 2, pp 110–126 | Cite as

The Significance of Hotel-Ware Ceramics in the Twentieth Century

  • Adrian Myers


Hotel ware is a durable, vitrified, ceramic tableware introduced to North America in the late 19th century. The ware became very popular in the first half of the 20th century, with production peaking in the late 1920s and again in the late 1940s. Hotel ware was prized for its toughness and cost-effectiveness, and was the ware of choice in nearly every commercial and institutional setting of that period. Ceramics recovered from trash middens at the site of Riding Mountain Prison Camp, an institution in Canada that held German soldiers during the Second World War, inform a brief case study that shows that hotel ware was employed in the institution to maximize economic efficiency, to simplify provisioning for a large group of imprisoned men, and to contribute to sanitation and healthfulness.


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  • Adrian Myers
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  1. 1.Amec Foster WheelerBurnabyCanada

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