Antiques: Russel Wright Dinnerware

Q: I have a full set of Russel Wright dinnerware in the American modern. I love the simplicity of the pattern, and I’d like to know a little more about the company. — Susan, Batavia, IL

A: Russel Wright was one of America’s most creative industrial designers and was instrumental in creating several lines of dinnerware, glassware and aluminum items. All are extremely popular with collectors. The “American Modern” pattern was manufactured at the Steubenville Pottery Company in 1939 and production continued until about 1959. Pieces of this pattern in White, Bean brown, Cantaloupe and Glacier Blue are especially desirable. Typical prices are mug, $50; coffee pot, $150; refrigerator jar, $160; and 10-inch dinner plate, $10. If any are in the colors mentioned earlier, values would double.

Q: I have 12 postcards from the New York World’s Fair of 1939. What would they be worth?  — Josie, Ormond Beach, FL

A: There were millions of postcards printed and sold during the fair. Most sets sell in the $15 to $25 range, depending on quality and views.