Vintage Cups, Glasses and Mugs
It’s interesting to see the different promotional and corporate products made over the years. Every week we will feature a cool retro cup, glass or mug from our large collection. We’ll share what we’ve learned about them and welcome your additional input and comments.
This glass was manufactured in the 1950s by L. E. Smith, an American glassmaker that was founded in 1907 and is still in operation. It was used at a soda fountain or lunch counter that served Sealtest ice cream. It would have been used to serve up an ice cream soda, a glass of milk or perhaps a small milkshake.
Sealtest Dairy Company was a division of the National Dairy Products Corporation. It was launched in 1935 as an ice cream brand to replace several regional brands. Sealtest produced milk and ice cream in factories across the United States and had a reputation for making all natural ice cream. Beginning in 1940, “The Sealtest Food Adviser” was published with recipes that used Sealtest milk. In 1949 Sealtest published and distributed a booklet with ice cream recipes called, “New Ways with Ice Cream”. These booklets helped fuel the ice cream craze that was already well under way. Recipes for sundaes, parfaits and sodas were also published in “Life” magazine in the 1950s. Sealtest even had an ice cream parlor in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Florida. Today the Sealtest brand is owned by Natrel of Quebec, Canada and is no longer available in US stores.
L. E. Smith Glass Company
Mount Pleasant Township, Pennsylvania