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 NASA coffee cup was made by Walker China in 1961. It was utilized in the cafeteria, or maybe a conference room at the Kennedy Space Center. NASA was founded just a few years earlier, on October 1, 1958. NASA was formed from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, a group that was already functioning with 8,000 employees and an annual budget of $100 million. NASA’s mission was to catch up to the Soviets that had launched Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957. This had created what Americans perceived as a dangerous gap in technology.
Walker China was started in May 1923 by investors Albert Walker and Henry Bailey and was originally incorporated as the Bailey Walker China Company. The two men purchased the Bedford China Works manufacturing plant in Bedford, Ohio and resumed pottery-making operations. They produced personalized vitrified china for hotels, restaurants, churches, clubs and other institutions.
The company name was changed to The Walker China Company in 1942. It left the Walker family in 1967 when Alco Standard Corp. purchased the company. In 1976 they were bought by the Jeanette Corp. and were sold again in 1981 to the Mayer China Company. They closed permanently shortly thereafter.