Vintage Cups, Glasses and Mugs
In our blogs, we’ve been featuring a different promotional or corporate restaurantware product made over the years. This is another in the group of cool retro cups, glasses or mugs from our large collection. Here we’ll be sharing what we’ve learned about it and we welcome your additional input and comments.
This cup is from a Mister Donut franchise and dates from some time between 1960 and about 1980. It’s hard to determine, as there aren’t any marks at all on the mug to help date it. The saucer was made by Shenango China of New Castle, Pennsylvania. It dates from the 1920s to the 1940s and was not the original companion to the cup.
Mister Donut was Dunkin’ Donuts’ largest competitor in the U.S. until it was bought out by their parent company, Allied-Lyons, in 1990. The Mister Donut company was started by Harry Winokur in 1955. He was the partner and brother-in-law to Dunkin’ Donuts founder, William Rosenberg. Winokur disagreed with Rosenberg’s decision to franchise the Dunkin’ Donuts shops, but ended up doing just that with his very successful Mister Donuts shops. Today Mister Donut has a strong presence in Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines.