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String of Hewlett suspension disks.  (Museum of Ceramics)

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Lisbon plant in 1950.  (Museum of Ceramics)

  Lisbon plant in 1950.   (Museum of Ceramics)

  Lisbon plant in 1950.   (Museum of Ceramics)

Idle East Liverpool plant on May 11, 1936.  Photo taken on west end at rear of West 7th St.  (Museum of Ceramics)

Charles R. Thomas standing at door of the office of idle East Liverpool plant on May 9, 1936.  He was the son of Richard Thomas.  (Museum of Ceramics)

Ed Kaufman (left) was plant superintendent of R. Thomas & Sons at Lisbon, OH and Ed (Eddie) Thomas, Vice President and General Manager (right).  Photo was taken in late 1940ís or early 1950ís.

When the company was sold in 1956, Ed Thomas retired.  Ed Kaufman, who had been with Thomas for about 50 years, first in East Liverpool and later in Lisbon, chose to continue with the new owners.  His son, Ed, Jr., at about that time was being groomed to eventually replace him.  However, the son, either before or shortly thereafter, resigned for other employment.

One day not long after the sale to the new owners, the new management summarily dismissed Mr. Kaufman on the spot.  Mr. Kaufman, possibly reacting to the emotional shock at the dismissal, shortly afterward suffered a massive heart attack and died.  Mr. Kaufman had been well liked by his men and reportedly they were not amused by this turn of events.  I was told that shortly thereafter, the new management found them unable to produce products, which had been made routinely for years before.  (Museum of Ceramics)

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