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Motto trivet images courtesy of Tom Harmony.
This cast iron “God Bless Our Home” trivet is 4 5/8″ in diameter with four short paw feet. It’s signed CROSS PUBL. (Publishing) CO (Company), ELIZABETH N.J. (New Jersey) and Made IN USA. I’ve also seen this design with colorful enamel accents.
All the known motto trivets produced by this company were religious in theme, suggesting this company was a religious book publisher.
Counting Tom’s trivet, I know of five different trivets by Cross Publishing Company; there may be more. This page from my second book The Expanded A-Z Guide To Collecting Trivets (2010) describes the four other designs.
● God Answers Prayer
● God is Great, God is Good
● Jesus Never Fails
● The Lord Is My Shepherd
I recently contacted the Elizabeth, N.J. Public Library. The Supervisor of their Local History & Special Collections department, Aimee Fernandez-Puente, searched the City Directories and found the Cross Publishing Company documented in the 1947 to 1957 editions.
● 1947-1951: The Cross Publishing Company was located at 52-54 Sixth Street. It was identified as a “Printers Books & Commercial” business owned by Benjamin Hubinger.
.● 1953-57: The Cross Publishing Company was located at 407 Elizabeth Avenue and identified as a wholesaler of religious articles. Benjamin Hubinger was identified as the President.
● The company was not mentioned in the Elizabeth City Directories after the 1957 edition.
Does anyone have any additional information or know of any other trivets or products attributed to this company? If so, please add a comment below or Contact Me.
PS: See my other blog post discussing Motto trivets.