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Imperial Porcelain Planters ~ Genter and Webb

no.014: 2009-08-01 revised

From Carltons and Lehners Paul Genter worked with Paul Webb (pdf) at Imperial Porcelain Co. to create figures based on Webb's Mountain Boys cartoon series.

In 1946, Genter became chief designer at the company in Zanesville. He had left Broadmoor-Denver by 1940, and was probably in Ohio during the war years.

These delightful hand painted planters were produced in high volumes and are very affordable today. But partly because royalties were paid to Webb they were expensive to manufacture at the time. This "...led to financial disaster for the firm".

From Carltons Paul Genter was replaced by Denzil Harding as plant manager in 1948, and died suddenly the following year. However from Social Security records we believe he actually died in Kansas in November 1965.

This chicken guy planter is special. It is addressed to Paul Webb from Paul Genter.

Look for more planters on the gallery page and other Mountain Boys items in future articles.

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