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In Oklahoma, he began working in the Phillip’s Oil business and rose through the ranks until he became president. I had written a paper on Famous Kansans with him included. A longtime Frankoma employee, Kandy Mc Clendon-Steeples, said, in later years, to place an order, Frankoma would require that only one glaze color be used and at least 144 Billikens be ordered before Frankoma would accept the order.
Then I began to think about the word “Billiken” itself. So there should be at least 143 other Billikens to match the middle one in the picture above. Only a member of the Royal Order of Jesters was given a billiken, when they had their ”Mirth is King” day or “Book of the Play” festival, usually only once a year with a “King” who is the host of the celebration.
How I got started collecting the Frankoma Billiken: I began with the 1954, Ada clay, prairie green one that is marked “Jester’s Day, May 7-8, 1954, Host Kenneth Stanley (K. ), at a wholesale cost of .00 each (A total of 72 Billikens for 8.00). Of the 547 Billikens mentioned in the article that have documentation showing the Billikens that were ordered, only 478 of the 547 ordered have actually been verified with matching pieces.
S.) “Boots” Adams.” It was not the billiken that intrigued me at first, it was the man’s name on it, because he came originally from Kansas, attended Kansas University in Lawrence, Kansas, and left school before he would graduate because he was needed at home. It seems that the Billiken mold(s) were stored for future orders just as Joniece recounts: “After you complete an order, you store usable molds ready for reorders – hopefully which will be forthcoming.” In that article, I did not see anything about a clay blue Billiken like the one shown below, which I have in my personal collection (of approx. Though other Billkens (that have no documentation of ever having been ordered) have shown up through later years, it is unknown just how many total Billikens have ever been made (not including any “lunchbox specials;” yes they were made).
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============================================================-- In my years of collecting Frankoma, I always look at the piece itself (how rare), the glaze color (how long used) pre-fire and after fire, the clay (Ada, Sapulpa, Pink), how it is marked/not marked, as well as any additional features such as sterling silver trim or the rarity of the lunch-box pieces that Frankoma employees made for themselves. The history of the Billiken in the United States began with Florence Pretz, a Missouri art teacher and illustrator, who patented her “design for an image” of the happy creature in 1908, but she was unable to patent the name “billiken,” or its various spellings, because it was already considered a very commonly used word. I have used a lot of resources for this article, trying to answer as many questions as possible.
John Frank died in 1973 and his daughter, Joniece, inherited the business.
First, the Frankoma Billiken was never allowed to be sold to the general public.
I would not classify it as an advertising piece, but more as a memento of a special day, and it was GIVEN ONLY to the participants of that “Mirth is King” or “Book of the Play” day celebration of the Royal Order of Jesters.
John Frank founded Frankoma Pottery in 1933, when he was still an art professor at the University of Oklahoma.
At first Frankoma produced vases and other types of art pottery, using a beige clay from the Arbuckle Mountains, which today is known among Frankoma collectors as Ada clay.