In 1939, Johnson Brothers introduced the Historical America design on its China sets in response to a similar line of products from competing companies.The Historical America set was produced and sold for 35 years until it was discontinued in 1974. Due to its popularity, the dishware was reintroduced in 2002.
At the time that the Johnson Brothers released Historic America, competitors, including Homer Laughlin and Vernon Kilns, were creating versions of the same product - Historical America and Our America, respectively. The primary motivation behind the creation of the America-themed line of dinnerware was the ban on the creation of ceramics for domestic sale in England during World War II. Companies were, however, allowed to create goods for export, which Johnson Brothers did to stay afloat during the years of war.