What happened to Universal Statuary?


The Universal Statuary Corporation of Chicago wound down in the late 1990s under the direction of its third owner, B. Paul Brueggermeier. In its halcyon days, between the late 1930s and 1960s, Universal Statuary produced chalkware and plaster figures. Some Universal Statuary products are valued by collectors.

Universal Statuary was founded by Jack and Leo Lucchesi of Chicago, Illinois in the 1930s. The Lucchesi brothers owned and operated the company until the early 1980s when they sold the business to the second owner, James L. Dorman. Under the Lucchesi family's guidance, Universal maintained a production facility on Chicago avenue and generally employed between 75 to 100 people.

Many of the designers Universal employed were Italian immigrants. Some, such as an artisan called "Boni," made names for themselves among collectors, although most remained anonymous. Universal was never in the distribution or marketing business, preferring instead to sell work to independent distributors, or "jobbers," and to perform contract work for companies such as Sears and Montgomery Wards.

Given the fragility of some of Universal's chalk and plaster statues and figurines, from the mid-1950s forward manufacturing shifted toward newer resin and plastic materials. Work from this period isn't as valuable to collectors as the earlier chalk and plaster items.

Q&A Related to "What happened to Universal Statuary?"
Universal statuary went out of existence in 1989 when Jack and Leo sold their interests to a group of investors from Milwaukee. They transformed the product quality to an unrecognizable
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At the source below you will find out more than you ever wanted to know about the Univeral Statuary Corporation. Apparently it is still in exsitance, in one form or another, and phone
yes in 1989 as a boy.
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