Collector glassware is fast becoming a favorite of mine, but it can be really hard to identify items.
Luckily, this small juice glass came from my grandmother's house, via one of my collector aunts, so we know it is a Swanky Swigs collectible.
Don't you just love the name? When my aunt told me what it was, I immediately knew I had to research it. What I found out was that Swanky Swigs were made from the 1930s - 1950s by the Kraft Food Company as re-useable containers for their peanut butter, jelly, mayonnaise and cheese spread products. They were produced in the USA by the Hazel Atlas Glass Co. and in Canada by Dominion Glass. Each had a metal snap lid and was hand decorated with stencil and glass enameling paint later heated to help retain the image.
Complete sets of drinking glasses in various sizes and with numerous patterns could be collected. Several pop culture swigs were distributed with Welch's jelly during the 1950s and 1960s featuring characters such as Howdy Doody, the Flintstones and the Archies. These are very valuable.
All Swanky Swigs are collector's items, because a lot of them didn't survive the advent of technology, namely the dishwasher, which would ruin the color pattern on the glass.
Luckily my grandmother never owned a dishwasher so the color block pattern of mint green, canary yellow and coral is brightly preserved on this glass.
If you're interested in adding to your Swanky Swigs collection, you can find this item in the Retro Junction shop on Etsy.