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 and saucer, both with the fun Peter Pan illustration, are from the Peter Pan’s Snack Shop in Chicago, Illinois. They date to the 1950s. A vintage menu from the restaurant states, “America’s Finest Snack Shops” and features Peter Pan with a plate of fries and a juicy burger. The Peter Pan Snack Shops were started by Chris Carson in 1945. He sold the chain in 1953. Carson started other restaurant chains as well. The successful Carson’s, a BBQ rib restaurant chain, is still in business today in the Chicago area.
This cup and saucer were manufactured by Shenango China of New Castle, Pennsylvania. As with many diner sets, the cup and saucer date from different years. The cup was manufactured in 1954 and the saucer was made about 1957. The Shenango China company was a leader in the restaurantware making business from the 1920s until the late 1980s, having acquired many of their competitors over the years. They were sold to Interpace Corporation in 1968 and then to Anchor Hocking Corporation in 1979. Shenango China production ceased in 1991 due to economic pressure from overseas competitors and falling profits.