27 November 2010

Pink Saturday ~ Pink Door Knobs

Pink Saturday is hosted by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. She loves pink and graciously invited the rest of us to play along. Check out her blog to see who all else is enjoying this week's pink party.

Every year in June East Liverpool, Ohio hosts the Tri-State Pottery Festival. This area has been a centre of pottery production in the US since the 1800s. The festival has been being held for over 40 years and one of the events they have each year is the National Door Knob Toss Contest.

In the contest only official knobs are thrown at a sand filled tire. The thrower is 24 feet from the tire and there is 4" PVC pipe in the tire. The point of the game is to get the doorknobs in the pipe. The rules and scoring are the same as for horseshoes. The winner is the first to score 21 points.

Door knob tossing as a game actually originated in East Liverpool. During World War II Riverside Knob Works made tens of thousands of knobs a day. As with any industry some pieces are imperfect. The ones that didn't pass quality control were dumped by the banks of the Ohio River. People in the area began picking up the discarded knobs and started tossing them for fun. After the War, the game really caught on and kids in the area grew up playing it.

Eventually though vintage doorknobs became collectible and the supply was becoming thin. In 1986 the Homer Laughlin China Company began producing the doorknobs made specifically for playing the Door Knob Toss Game. Besides the doorknobs used in the competition, people can buy a set of six knobs packaged with the instructions. Typically the knobs are glazed in Fiesta colours. This set is made of two of Post-86 Fiesta's introductory glazes: rose and seamist.

Many Fiesta collectors also add these doorknobs to their collections. And the only sad thing is the game knobs can't really be used on doors.

Happy Pink Saturday!

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viridian said...

Thanks for sharing.
Happy Pink Saturday!

Shannon said...

Good Morning! I love those doorknobs! Happy Pink Satruday! :)

Candi said...

I LOVE the doorknobs! It's a shame they can't be used on doors, what fun that would be:)
hugz:) Candi & Happy Pink Satuarday

Craig Miyamoto said...

It's a Knob Lob! Is that anything like Punkin Chunkin? LOL. I love it!

xoxox Craig

Jillian said...

I LOVE THIS! I have heard so much about your area of the country and the pottery conventions there... I am a HUGE LuRay Pastels fan by Taylor Smith and Taylor pottery.

What a great story and I learned something new today. Thank you!

Bella Rosa Antiques

Gracie Jewellery said...

What a shame the knobs are real ones. So pretty. Happy Pink Saturday. Hey, I having a give away!

Donnie said...

That is something else and the fact there are pink ones was a good deal for Pink Saturday.

Anonymous said...

One of those doorknobs would look so pretty on my pantry door! Too bad they aren't functional... Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving! Jennifer Grenko

Cathy said...

LOL, that is just too funny. I've never heard of door knob tossing but...what the heck...it sounds like fun.

Lori Lynn said...

Well THAT"S something I've never heard of...knob tossing...and I thought I knew everything! LOL!
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PS: I'm having a Holiday giveaway!!

Gail said...

Isn't it great, we can make anything fun....well just about anything.


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