While looking at and handling this platter, I was a bit surprised at my reaction. I was enamored listening to stories about my family (great uncles and aunts I remember from when I was very, very young) and my great grandparents. I surprised myself. As I held this platter, tears streamed down my face - something about a tie, a family tie - knowing that this platter was used in their hotel. I apologized for my reaction. After gaining my composure, I took photos of the platter and its markings.
I have written to the Homer Laughlin China Co. (still in business), hoping to track down a little more information about this platter. Connie Edwards, the office manager, was able to enlighten me. She wrote, "The shape of this platter is Hudson. It was a shape that in time would include almost seventy different piece types and be decorated with different patterns. Your platter is undecorated and was produced in October 1914."
I am looking forward to another visit.