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Time for Coffee

 

Free mug from cereal

Back in the 50s, when you shopped for cereal, you could choose the one that gave you a free coffee mug. Packed in rolled oats (therefore well protected against breakage) was a mug that could be put to use to replace that cracked one you'd been using for so long.

 

Threshing crews often drank their coffee from enamel (usually white trimmed with black or red) mugs. At the other end of the spectrum was the mustache cup with the ledge inside to help keep a gentleman's mustache dry.

 

The heavy pottery mugs made at Medalta Potteries in Medicine Hat, most often used in restaurants, might also be found in the home. A fine china teacup with saucer was meant for special occasions only and, for some very lucky young girls, was a highly prized Christmas or birthday present.

 

In the 50s there was a huge breakthrough in dinnerware – unbreakable dishes. Melmac was the first one and many a family now had the brightly coloured "square" cups and saucers, plates, etc. No more chipped or broken cups!


Of course commemorative cups and saucers and mugs have always been popular, whether it was a coronation of Edward VIII or the wedding of Charles and Diana.



Royalty Commmemorative Mugs &
                              Cups
Royalty commemorative mugs & cups
Mustache cup
Free mug from cereal
Mustache cup
Medalta mugs
Melmac cups
Medalta mugs
Melmac cups

 


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 Last updated: September 2, 2014