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Our Very Own Super Bowl

Jazz Bowl

In 1931, Victor Schreckengost received a commission for a large punch bowl for a special, anonymous client. The client requested that the bowl be "New Yorkish" in style. Schreckengost took inspiration from a memorable performance by Cab Calloway at New York's famed Cotton Club and his design captured the excitement of the city's nightlife, with signs flashing and lights illuminating the skyline. One side shows glasses, liquor bottles, and other evidence of drinking, somewhat ironic considering this was created during prohibition.

As it turns out, the anonymous client was Eleanor Roosevelt. She commissioned it to celebrate FDR's reelection as governor of New York and the famous couple was quite unconcerned by the alcohol-related ornamentation. In fact, shortly after Roosevelt's election to the presidency in 1933, prohibition was repealed. And future generations of Super Bowl viewers breathed a sigh of relief.

Image Credit:

Victor Schreckengost, made for Cowan Pottery Studio. Jazz Bowl, c. 1931. Through prior acquisition of the Antiquarian Society; Thorne Rooms exhibition Fund; Bequest of Elizabeth R. Vaughan; and the Winfield Foundation.