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In 1867 Bellamy failed to get an appointment to West Point; instead he studied literature for a year at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. He spent much of the next year in Dresden, Germany, where he was impressed by the prosperity of the state-owned china works.
At its beginning the Meissen China manufactory was owned by the King of Saxony; by 1830 it came to belong to the State of Saxony. After World War II, most of the equipment was sent to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (a former ally of Germany under the National Socialist German Workers Party) as part of war reparations However, already by 1946, the workers using traditional methods and the kilns that had not been dismantled were able to resume production. The company became a Soviet Socialist Joint Stock Company in Germany. Almost all of the production was sent to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. After the establishment of the German Democratic Republic under the influence of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the company was handed over to German government ownership in 1950. After the German reunification in 1990, the company owned again by the State of Saxony which is the sole owner.
For more interesting information about similar socialism under both the National Socialist German Workers Party and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics read about the Trabant Sachsenring at http://rexcurry.net/trabant-sachsenring-rex-curry.html