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Winterthur is the former home of Henry Francis du Pont in Delaware, which houses many fine examples of decorative arts, including a fine collection of Spode pottery, focusing on the blue printed patterns of 1784-1833. The website's interactive, online exhibition is impressive, and a real treat for those who want to virtually page through the Spode 1820 Shape Book of which there are only two copies in existence. Visitors will find the exhibition divided up into the sections "History", "Pottery" and "Industry". Users should definitely check out the "Historical Timeline" to become familiar not only with the Spode family and the business, but also the evolution of Spode ceramics. The Industry section of the website explains what working in the potteries in Staffordshire was like, and visitors can click on links to learn more about "Working Conditions", "Housing" and "Wages". The text and drawings of an 1841 report for the British government on the employment of children and youth at the potteries are also included in the Industry link.
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