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Marshall Studios Timeline

 

1922

Mrs. Jessie Talbott Marshall goes into business in Indianapolis making hand-painted parchment lampshades.

 

1924

Gordon Martz Born February 20th.

 

1926

Mr. And Mrs. Nicholas T. Marshall, son and daughter-in-law of Jessie Marshall, join the business. Nicholas Marshall begins making hand-turned period wood lamp bases.

 

1929

Jane Marshall is born January 19th. Marshall Studios is incorporated.

Around this time, Marshall Studios is located at 3001 North New Jersey Street in Indianapolis.

 

1932

Jessie Talbott Marshall passes away. Nicholas Marshall returns to Marshall Studios from a period studying architecture at the University of Illinois. (1)

 

1938

Marshall Studios begins producing equipment for the photography industry. Nicholas Marshall makes and produces commercially the first color slide viewer, the Marshall Studios Vuescope. Additionally, the Marshall Slide Binder is produced. Later, Nicholas designs and produces a color film densitometer, which was ordered on a priority basis by the US Government during World War II. (1)

 

1941

Marshall Studios, Inc. moves to Veedersburg, Indiana. The move was prompted by a number of factors, including a concern for living in the city during wartime, ownership of a family farm, a factory space which was available and affordable labor. Catalog #3 produced.

 

1948

A fire in the photographic department destroys all of the dies and equipment, and it was decided to discontinue manufacturing photographic supplies. (1)

 

1949

Jane Marshall begins attending Alfred University to study art and industrial ceramics. (1)

 

1950

Jane and Gordon are married on June 15th. (3)

 

1951

Gordon Martz graduates Summa Cum Laude from Alfred University. Jane and Gordon Martz move to Veedersburg, Indiana and become the third generation of Marshall family to join the family business. Jane and Gordon add contemporary designed stoneware lamps and accessories to the Marshall Studios line.

 

1953

The Marshall Studios M101 lamp is featured in Edgar Kauffman, Jr.’s 1953 “Good Design” exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Catalog #4 is produced in the fall of 1953.

 

1955

"Family Share Business" Article published in the Christian Science Monitor.

 

1956

John A. Marshall and his wife, Carolyn M. Marshall, trained in business administration from DePauw and Drake University, join Marshall Studios. (2)

 

1957

Catalog #8 is produced in April of 1957.

 

1958

"US Home-Based Crafts Increase," Article featuring the work of husband and wife artisans including Jane and Gordon Martz, Frances and Michael Higgins, and Mary and Edwin Scheier published in the Christian Science Monitor, August 19th.

 

1959

The Home Accent Shop is opened in Veedersburg, Indiana and run by Mr. And Mrs. Broward G. Brusard, brother of Grace Marshall. (1,2)

 

1960

Catalog #14, Accessories, is produced.

 

1962

Jane begins making handmade textiles which include such materials as drawn natural cotton, linen, cockfeathers, reed, wool, and strips of wood. The textiles are initially wrapped as lampshades.

 

1964

Dinnerware published in INTERIORS Magazine, March 1964, p.10

 

1966

The Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Textiles and Furs grants registration to Marshall Studios for the production of textiles and pillows.

 

1968

Marshall Studios begins furnishing lamps to the military through Government Services Administration contracts. (2)

 

1974

Catalog #35 produced.

 

1989

Unnumbered final catalog produced (white cover w/ blue graphic).

 

Jane and Gordon Martz sell their interest in Marshall Studios and retire to Fayetteville, Arkansas. Jane and Gordon continue to produce studio pottery and ceramic sculpture in their retirement.

 

Early 1990's

Marshall Studios name is changed to Genesis Wood and Stoneware, John Stull is the owner. Stoneware items produced during this period are commonly signed "Genesis."

 

Mid 1990's

The remaining contents of Marshall Studios / Genesis Wood & Stoneware are sold at auction.

 

2002

"Modernism From the Heartland: Jane and Gordon Martz," written by Sandy McLendon, is published in March of 2002 on jetsetmodern.com, a mid-century modern collector site by Joe Kunkel. Joe is a collector, dealer and curator of Marshall Studios ware and Martz Studio pottery since the 1990's.

 

2002 - 2005

Craig McCormick retrieves catalogs, photographs, records and ephemera from the Veedersburg Mill Street location of Marshall Studios. The building is in disrepair and partially collapsed.

 

2006

Marshallstudios.net, A Resource for Collectors is launched as a web archive of information for Marshall Studios collectors.

 

2007

Jane Marshall Martz passes away at the age of 78 on February 22nd.

 

2015

Gordon Martz Passes away at the age of 91 on November 30th.

 

 

Sources:

(1) January 28, 1960 Letter from Grace Marshall to Mr. Garvin Brown, editor of The Indiana Manufacturers Association Reporter.

(2)Veedersburg, Indiana Centennial 1872-1972 Publication, pps 102-104, 1972.

(3) Email correspondence between Jane and Gordon Martz and Craig McCormick, February-September 2005 and November 2006.

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