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artdesigncafé - design | Design Meriden | 6 July 2020 | Updated 5 February 2021
Russel Wright American Modern


Above, patent drawing for design patent no. 165,811 by Russel Wright (29 January 1952). This patent is presumably related to his iconic c. 1952 American Modern flatware line for John Hull Cutlers Corp. For details, see the patent documentation listed below.


A. John Hull Cutlers Corp. / John Hull Cutlery, Inc. designs in collections (by year)


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1940s

1940s - glass

Russel Wright presumably for John Hull Cutlery. (1940s). Glass. (Accession no. 76.99.8. Viewed 7 July 2020. J00492).


1950s

c. 1951 - "American modern" cutlery (presumably)

John Hull [Cutlers] Corp. (c. 1951). "American modern" cutlery (presumably). (Accession nos. 1976.67.57(-61). Viewed 11 July 2020. J00495-99).

c. 1952 - American Modern Line cutlery

Russel Wright for John Hull Cutlery. (c. 1952). American Modern Line: Six pieces (dessert fork, dinner fork, knife, tablespoon, teaspoon). [Accessions nos. 76.99.3(-7). Viewed 7 July 2020. J00487-91].

c. 1950-58 - four-piece flatware setting

Russel Wright for John Hull Cutlery (Hull Stainless, made in Japan). (c. 1950-58). Four-piece flatware setting. (Accession nos. 85.109.1a(-d). Viewed 7 July 2020. J00493).


B. John Hull Cutlers Corp. / John Hull Cutlery, Inc. designs at leading auction houses


1950s

1950s - Russell Wright for Hull part flatware service

Russell Wright for Hull Cutlery. (1950s). Russell Wright for Hull part flatware service. (Viewed 7 July 2020. F01422).

designed 1951 - Russel Wright 41 Piece "American Modern" Stainless

Russel Wright for John Hull Cutlery. (designed 1951). Russel Wright 41 Piece "American Modern" Stainless. (Viewed 7 July 2020. F01419).

designed 1951 - Russel Wright seven-piece stainless

Russel Wright for John Hull Cutlery. (designed 1951). Russel Wright Seven-Piece Stainless. (Viewed 7 July 2020. F01421).


C. John Hull Cutlers Corp. / John Hull Cutlery, Inc. designs in exhibitions


1950s

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D. John Hull Cutlers Corp. / John Hull Cutlery, Inc. historical information (by year)


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1940s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1940s-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 15 June 2020.)

1946 - news mention

(29 May 1946). Advertising news and notes [mention: "... Accounts ... John Hull Cutlery, Inc. ... to Rodgers & Brown..."] New York Times, p. 36. (Viewed 16 July 2020. F01397).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1947 - display advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corporation, New York. (January 1947). Advertisement: "always ask for John Hull 18-8* Stainless Steel Tableware in color... handles in Ruby, Red, Natural White, and Two-tone. Patterns... Hostess (displayed), Heritage, Hospitality, Homecrest... John Hull Carving and Utility Set... At department and jewelry stores... " [with product illustrations]. Good Housekeeping, p. 181. (Viewed 7 July 2020. F01396).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.


1948 classified advertisements

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1948 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corp., New York. (11 April 1948). Advertisement: "Business opportunities... Attention Distributors: with house-to-house sales crews. We are seeking a few top-notch distributors in your area to handle our high-grade 18-8 stainless steel tableware... " Sunday Star / Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. E-3, col. 6. (Viewed 11 July 2020. L01503).

1948 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corp., New York. (11 April 1948). Advertisement: "... Help Wanted— Female... Attention distributors with house to house sales crews. We are seeking a few top-notch distributors in your area to handle our high-grade 18-8 stainless steel tableware... " Buffalo Courier Express, section 7, presumably p. 9, col. 2. (Viewed 2 February 2021. R00988).



1949 articles

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1949 - news mention

(21 March 1949). Advertising news and notes [mention: ...Accounts... John Hull Cutlers Corporation, Meriden, Conn., to Bobley Company. Lloyd S. Howard, account executive... "] New York Times, p. 32. (Viewed 7 July 2020. F01399).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1949 - news mention

(21 March 1949). News in the advertising field [mention: Agency appointments; John Hull Cutlers Corp., Meriden, Conn., maker of silverware and cutlery, has appointed Bobley Co., Inc, as its agency... "] New York Herald Tribune, p. 26. (Viewed 16 July 2020. F01398).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.



1949 classified advertisements

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1949 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corp., New York. (13 March 1949). Advertisement: "Help Wanted Male... Attention! Canvassers! Crew managers! Exceptional opportunity to become a Factory Dealer in your area for beautiful, popular priced, fast-selling stainless steel tableware... " [with no illustrations]. San Bernardino Sun (California), p. 32, col. 2. (Viewed 25 August 2020. E01137).

1949 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corp., New York. (18 April 1949). Advertisement: "Canvassers! Crew managers! Men and women. Exceptional opportunity to become a factory dealer in your area for beautiful, popular priced, fast-selling stainless steel tableware... " Jamestown Post-Journal (Jamestown, New York), p. 24, col. 8. (Viewed 5 February 2021. R01002).

1949 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corp., New York. (20 June 1949). Advertisement: "Male, Female Help Wanted... Canvassers! Crew managers! Men and women. Exceptional opportunity to become a Factory Dealer in your area for beautiful, popular priced, fast-selling... stainless steel tableware... " Schenectady Gazette (New York), presumably p. 15, col. 8. (Viewed 4 February 2021. (Viewed 4 February 2021. R01001).

1949 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corp., New York. (20 November 1949). Advertisement: "Agents... Canvassers! Crew managers! Bigger profits with our beautiful, popular-priced, fast-selling stainless steel [tableware] ... " Albany Times-Union (New York), p. C-11, col. 7. (Viewed 2 February 2021. R00991).

1949 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corp., New York. (3 April 1949). Advertisement: Agents wanted... Canvassers! Crew managers! Men & women. Exceptional opportunity to become a Factory Dealer in your area for beautiful, popular priced, fast-selling stainless steel tableware... " The Morning Call / Sunday Call-Chronicle (Allentown, Pennsylvania), p. 45, col. 7. (Viewed 16 July 2020. F01400-01).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1949 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corp., New York. (3 April 1949). Advertisement: "Agents Wanted... Attention! Canvassers! Crew managers! Men & women. Exceptional opportunity to become a factory dealer in your area for beautiful, popular priced fast-selling stainless steel tableware... " [with no illustrations]. Philadelphia Inquirer, p. 4W, col. 6. (Viewed 25 August 2020. E01142).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1949 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corp., New York. (17 April 1949). Advertisement: "Agents... Canvassers! Crew managers! Men and women. Exceptional opportunity to become a factory dealer in your area for beautiful, popular priced, fast-selling stainless steel tableware... " Sunday Star / Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. E-2, col. 1. (Viewed 11 July 2020. L01504).

1949 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corp., New York. (17 April 1949). Advertisement: "... Agents— Male - Female; Attention! Canvassers! Crew managers! Men and women. Exceptional opportunity to become a factory dealer in your area for beautiful, popular priced, fast-selling stainless steel tableware... " Brooklyn Eagle (New York), p. 35, col. . (Viewed 2 February 2021. R00989).

1949 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corp., New York. (19 June 1949). Advertisement: "Agents... Canvassers! Crew managers! Men and women. Exceptional opportunity to become a factory dealer in your area for beautiful, popular priced, fast-selling lifetime guaranteed stainless tableware... " Utica Observer-Dispatch (Utica, New York), presumably p. 5, col. 2. (Viewed 11 July 2020. L01510).

1949 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corp., New York. (19 June 1949). Advertisement: "Agents and canvassers... Canvassers! Crew managers! Men and women. Exceptional opportunity to become a Factory Dealer in your area for beautiful, popular priced, fast selling lifetime guaranteed stainless tableware... " [with no illustrations]. The Post-Standard (Syracuse, New York), presumably p. 40, col. 2. (Viewed 25 August 2020. E01136).

1949 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corp., New York. (20 June 1949). Advertisement: "Help— Men or Women... canvassers, crew managers; men and women. Exceptional opportunity to become a factory dealer in your area for beautiful, popular priced, fast-selling, lifetime guaranteed, stainless steel tableware... " Binghampton Press (New York), p. 21, col. 1. (Viewed 26 July 2020. L01838-39).

1949 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corp., New York. (20 June 1949). Advertisement: "Solicitors— Agents... Canvassers! Crew managers! Men & women. Exceptional opportunity to become a Factory Dealer in your area for beautiful, popular priced, fast selling lifetime guaranteed stainless tableware... " The Glen Fall Times (New York), p. 16, col. 3. (Viewed 11 July 2020. L01509).

1949 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corp., New York. (13 November 1949). Advertisement: "Salesmen, Agents... Canvassers! Crew managers! Bigger profits with our beautiful, popular-priced, fast-selling stainless steel [tableware] ... " Abilene Reporter-News (Abilene, Texas), p. 22, col. 1. (Viewed 23 October 2020. F01568).

  • See worldcat.org for possible locations, or contact area public library.

1949 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corp., New York. (20 November 1949). Advertisement: "... Agents— Male... Canvassers! Crew managers! Bigger profits with our beautiful, popular-priced, fast-selling stainless steel [tableware] ... " Brooklyn Eagle (New York), p. 37, col. 7. (Viewed 2 February 2021. R00990).

1949 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corp., New York. (20 November 1949). Advertisement: "Agents... Canvassers! Crew managers! Bigger profits with our beautiful, popular-priced, fast-selling stainless steel [tableware] ... " Sunday Star / Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. E-1, col. 9. (Viewed 11 July 2020. L01505).

1949 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corp., New York. (20 November 1949). Advertisement: "Help wanted— Male... Canvassers! Crew managers! Bigger profits with our beautiful popular priced fast selling stainless tableware ... " Buffalo Courier-Express (New York), p. 12-B, col. 7. (Viewed 25 August 2020. E01138).

1949 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corp., New York. (21 November 1949). Advertisement: "Agents wanted... Canvassers! Crew managers— Bigger profits with our beautiful popular priced fast selling stainless [tableware] ... " Binghampton Press (New York), p. 27, col. 3. (Viewed 25 August 2020. E01134-35).

1949 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corps., New York. (21 November 1949). Advertisement: "Agents wanted; Canvassers! Crew managers! Bigger profits with our beautiful, popular priced, fast-selling stainless steel [tableware] ... " The Times Record (Troy, NY), p. 28, col. 2. (Viewed 25 July 2020. L01836-37).

1949 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corp., New York. (21 November 1949). Advertisement: "Help Wanted — Male... Canvassers! Crew managers! Bigger profits with our beautiful popular priced fast selling stainless tableware ... " The Glen Falls Times (New York), p. 22, col. 3. (Viewed 11 July 2020. L01506).



1950s

1950 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers Corp., New York. (19 September 1950). Advertisement: "Pressman, Web 17 1/2 x 22 1/2 press, sheet feed, expd; full-part time days... " New York Times, p. 44. (Viewed 16 July 2020. F01402).

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1950 display advertisements

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1950 - display advertisement

Beir’s, presumably Niagara Falls, NY. (15 February 1950). Advertisement: "... Famous John Hull Cutlery... Stainless steel kitchen tools with firm plastic handles... " [with no illustrations]. The Niagara Falls Gazette (Niagara Falls, New York), pp. 11-12, bottom middle section. (Viewed 11 July 2020. L01507-08).

  • Online - fultonhistory.com. (Search the archive, "Niagara Falls NY Gazette 1950 Jan-Feb Grayscale - 0973", and scroll down for the link.)

1950 - display advertisement

George’s, Knoxville, TN. (17 February 1950). Advertisement: "George’s... store-wide values... Silverware... Stainless steel teaspoons; Set of six stainless steel teaspoons by John Hull Cutlers. Lovely Wellesley pattern... " [with no illustrations]. The Knoxville Journal (Tennessee), p. 3, col. 5. (Viewed 2 February 2021. R00220).

  • See worldcat.org for possible locations, or contact area public library.



1951 - display advertisement

Gimbels, presumably Pittsburgh, PA. (25 November 1951). Advertisement: "... The Christmas Store... 59-Piece Wellesley Flatware Set... Solid stainless steel made by John Hull Cutlers in the traditional Wellesley pattern... " [with abstract illustrations showing knives, forks, and spoons]. Pittsburgh Press, p. 31, cols. 1-2. (Viewed 7 July 2020. F01404).

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1952 articles

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1952 - news mention

Kaselow, Joseph. (30 July 1952). The advertising field [mention: "... Agency Appointments... John Hull Cutlers Corp., of Meriden, Conn., has appointed Lloyd S. Howard Associates, Inc. ... "] New York Herald Tribune, p. 29. (Viewed 16 July 2020. F01406).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1952 - news mention

(30 July 1952). Advertising and marketing news [mention: "... Agency Affairs... John Hull Cutlers Corporation, Meriden, Conn., to Lloyd S. Howard Associates, Inc., New York ... " New York Times, p. 39. (Viewed 18 July 2020. F01407).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.



1952 display advertisements

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1952 - display advertisement

Gimbels, presumably Pittsburgh, PA. (5 June 1952). Advertisement: "... Wellesley Flatware... Solid stainless steel made by John Hull Cutlers in the beautiful, traditional Wellesley pattern... " [with abstract illustrations showing knives, fork, and spoons]. Pittsburgh Press, p. 3, cols. 1-2. (Viewed 7 July 2020. F01405).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1952 - display advertisement

Gimbels, presumably Pittsburgh, PA. (29 August 1952). Advertisement: "... 24-Pc. Stainless Flatware... Now’s the time to buy this ’Vassar’ pattern fashioned by John Hull Cutlers... Never needs polishing..." [with illustration showing knife, fork, and two spoons]. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), p. 2, cols. 5-8. (Viewed 7 July 2020. F01408).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1952 - display advertisement

Gimbels, Pittsburgh, PA. (16 September 1952). Advertisement: " ... September Sales for the Home... 59-Pc. Wellesley Flatware.... Solid stainless steel by John Hull Cutlers ... " [with abstract illustration of cutlery showing one handle design]. Pittsburgh Press (Pennsylvania), p. 3, col. 1. (Viewed 25 August 2020. F01409).

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1952 - advertisement

George’s, Knoxville, TN. (9 November 1952). Advertisement: "The best brands for 45 years! ... Housewares... John Hull Cutlers... " [with no product illustrations]. The Knoxville Journal (Tennessee), p. 13-A. col. 8. (Viewed 2 February 2021. R00222).

  • See worldcat.org for possible locations, or contact area public library.



1952 - patent - knife

Russel Wright. (29 January 1952; filed 25 October 1950). Design patent no. 165,811: Knife. (Presumably patent related to c. 1952 American Modern line knife at Brooklyn Museum listed above.) (Viewed 11 July 2020. L01502).

1953 - display advertisement

Thomas A. Ciccone, Beacon, NY. (12 November 1953). Advertisement: "Visit Beacon’s most complete housewares store... Stainless Steel Tableware... Service for 6 by John Hull Cutlers... " [with presumably no related product illustrations]. Beacon News (Beacon, NY), p. 5, cols. 1-2. (Viewed 7 July 2020. F01420).

1954 - news mention

(10 April 1954). Advertising news [mention: "... Russell A. Fernando has been named advertising director for John Hull Cutlers Corp. ... " New York Herald Tribune, p. 20. (Viewed 16 July 2020. F01411).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1954 - display advertisement

Gay Jewelers, Gettysburg, PA. (30 September 1954). Advertisement: "Famous John Hull Cutlers Stainless Flatwear; 50-piece set... " [with abstract illustration of flatware in case]. Gettysburg Times (Pennsylvania), p. 12, col. 1. (Viewed 26 November 2020. F01570).

  • See worldcat.org for possible locations, or contact area public library.


1955 display advertisements

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1955 - display advertisement

Terry Farris, McAllen, TX. (6 February 1955). Advertisement: "... Stainless steel flatware; 50 piece set... Lifetime guarantee by Terry Farris and John Hull [Cutlers] Corp.; Meriden, Conn ... " [with photo showing three spoons, two forks, and knife]. Valley Evening Monitor (McAllen, Texas), p. 4A, cols. 1-5. (Viewed 5 February 2021. F01573).

  • See worldcat.org for possible locations, or contact area public library.

1955 - display advertisement

Terry Farris, McAllen, TX. (6 February 1955). Advertisement: "The first shipment was a sell-out! 2nd shipment just arrived! ... Stainless steel flatware; 50 piece set... Lifetime guarantee by Terry Farris and John Hull [Cutlers] Corp.; Meriden, Conn ... " [with photo showing three spoons, two forks, and knife]. Valley Evening Monitor (McAllen, Texas), p. 14, cols. 4-8. (Viewed 5 February 2021. R00225).

  • See worldcat.org for possible locations, or contact area public library.



1960s

1962 - display advertisement

Patterson’s, Moberly, MO. (14 November 1962). Advertisement: "... Our fifteenth annual pre Christmas capacity days sale... 50 pc. set Stainless Steel; The graceful Tilden pattern by John Hull cutlers is the essence of beauty, combined with durability. A 50 piece service consists of 8 knives, forks, salad forks, soup and tea spoons, butter knife and sugar shell. Comes in its own lined fabric chest. Wonderful for a gift... " [with no product illustrations]. Moberly Monitor-Index (Moberly, Missouri), presumably p. 7, col. 2. (Viewed 2 February 2021. R00229).

  • See worldcat.org for possible locations, or contact area public library.

1963 - display advertisement

Gimbels, New York area. (22 September 1963). Advertisement: "... Impressive value... Satin-patina stainless steel... John Hull Cutlers..." [with illustration]. New York Times, unknown page number. (Viewed 18 July 2020. F01416).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1967 - classified advertisement

John Hull Cutlers, New York. (1 October 1967). Advertisement: "... Employment Female... Shipping Clerk; Experienced... " Daily News / Sunday News (New York), p. S64. (Viewed 18 July 2020. F01417).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1969 - display advertisement

Dunlap’s, Lubbock area, Texas. (8 March 1969). Advertisement: "... Saturday sale... Steak Knife Set... From John Hull cutlers... Six-Piece Stainless Steel Knife Set with Rosewood Handles" [with no illustrations]. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, Texas), p. 27, col. 4. (Viewed 26 November 2020. F01569).

  • See worldcat.org for possible locations, or contact area public library.


2000s

2004 - listing in book

Kovel, Ralph M. & Kovel, Terry H. (2004). Listing: "Russel Wright... American Modern, Flatware Set, John Hull Cutlery, 1951, 56 Piece... " [with no illustrations]. In Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles; Price list 2004, (p. 687). Random House Reference. (Viewed 25 August 2020. E01139-41).


2010s

2018 - article mention

Gilbert, Anne. (15 April 2018). Cut to the chase: How much are vintage knives worth? [With mention of Russel Wright and John Hull Cutlery; photo showing two knives.] Palm Beach Post (Florida), p. 47. (Viewed 18 July 2020. F01418).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.



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