Welchs Jar Glasses Were A Catskills Classic
Our Catskills home was the depository for mismatched dishes. Any set that had lost pieces to breakage over the years soon made its way to the summer kitchen. Same with glasses and mugs. If a set was no longer complete, then there was a home for it in the Catskills. I think we were all used to using whatever came out of the cabinet. No worries about everyone having matching plates!
Among the glasses that made their way upstate were all those Welch jelly jar glasses. They were our favorite juice glasses the perfect size for orange juice or a quick drink of water. I especially loved the Looney Tunes and Flintstones ones when I was a child. I know there were bigger glasses as well, from sour cream jars.
I was born in the height of jelly jar glasses. Welchs started making them in 1953, just a few years before I was born. I remember going to the store and looking for Welchs jars we did not already have at home. We wanted as many different ones as possible.
I know they stopped making them for a while because the new way of manufacturing glass made the glass thinner, and the glasses would break when the lids came off. Thus, for years Welch stopped making these glasses.
I do not know what happened to the ones that were in the Catskills. I believe they all broke. Or perhaps my Mom in one of her cleaning sprees decided to give them away. They are no longer in the cabinets in our Catskills home.
Vintage 1950s Davy Crockett Welchs Jelly Glasses
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You Could Find Jelly Jars With Cartoon Favorites Dinosaurs And Even The Muppets
But long before the mason jar craze, we were drinking out of an entirely different kind of jar: a jelly jar.
In the early 1950s, the Welch’s Company, known for their juices and fruit spreads, sponsored The Howdy Doody Show. A few years later, Welch’s had a new idea they’d print familiar Howdy Doody characters on their glass jelly jars! Kids would beg their parents to buy the brand with their favorite show on it, and penny-saving parents could keep and reuse the jar as a drinking glass. The first glasses even came with a character’s face on the bottom, presumably to encourage kids to finish their glass.
Through the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, we got a slew of different glass designs, usually featuring familiar cartoon faces. Collections included The Flintones, characters from Archie comics, and Warner Bros. cartoons like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, and more. There were usually 6-8 designs in each collection, and some people made goals of collecting the entire series.
However, after 1978, the colorful printed glasses suddenly vanished.
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