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Mid-Century Modern paraphernalia connected with drinking alcohol was FESTIVE. It really knew how to say 'party!' Nowhere does this festive spirit collide with the jet age more successfully than in this stunning nose cone ice bucket made of anodized aluminum with plastic legs. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/drinks-2.htm Vintage novelty cocktail napkins, 'Cordials' by Monogram of San Francisco. The box says '24 cocktail napkins, 12 gay designs.' Each napkin featured an attached novelty item making them more memorable but perhaps less useful. This was described as 'Delightful dimensions with plastic miniatures.' Also from the box: 'Copyright 1954 Percy Barker & Jules Pollock.' From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/drinks-2.htm Vintage novelty cocktail napkins, 'Cordials' by Monogram of San Francisco. The box says '24 cocktail napkins, 12 gay designs.' Each napkin featured an attached novelty item making them more memorable but perhaps less useful. This was described as 'Delightful dimensions with plastic miniatures.' Also from the box: 'Copyright 1954 Percy Barker & Jules Pollock.' From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/drinks-2.htm 'Signal for a refill with Drink-Lite.' The box further explains: 'Never go dry! Clip Drink-Lite to your empty glass, it lights up, then flashes. Lights up automatically when placed on the rim of a glass. Glows brightly for several seconds, then flashes on and off. Keeps on blinking until removed from glass.' (Or your host strangles you). Drink-Lite, Cincinnati, Ohio. From the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/drinks-2.htm Vintage 1962 cocktail napkins 'Bar Types' and 'Wry Martinis' by Anne Leaf. Included are such cartoon gags as 'Not too old fashioned, TWO old fashions' and 'Who drinks too much? There ain't too much.' These are probably much funnier after several drinks. From Monogram of California. More vintage drink-related hilarity at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/drinks-2.htm

Collecting mid-twentieth century items related to drinking alcohol, one can see a definite festivity in it all. Though one might have a drink quietly at home, much of the paraphernalia connected with it said “party!” In fact, where I was raised in the mid-century, you bought liquor in a “party store.”

Right: Nowhere does this festive spirit collide with the jet age more successfully than in this stunning nose cone ice bucket made of anodized aluminum with plastic legs. Maker unknown.

“Signal for a refill with Drink-Lite.” The box further explains: “Never go dry! Clip Drink-Lite to your empty glass, it lights up, then flashes. Lights up automatically when placed on the rim of a glass. Glows brightly for several seconds, then flashes on and off. Keeps on blinking until removed from glass.” (Or your host strangles you). Drink-Lite, Cincinnati, Ohio.

The cocktail napkin got very special treatment with these Cordials by Monogram of San Francisco. You got “24 cocktail napkins, 12 gay designs.” Each napkin featured an attached novelty item making them more memorable but perhaps less useful. This was described as “Delightful dimensions with plastic miniatures.” The box also says, “Copyright 1954 Percy Barker & Jules Pollock.”

Right: Bar Types by Anne Leaf. 36 cocktail napkins such as “Not too old fashioned, TWO old fashions.” 1962 Monogram of California, USA.

Wry Martinis by Anne Leaf. Quoting the box: “There are 36 cocktail napkins inside this charming box.” With sayings like “Who drinks too much? There ain’t too much.” Monogram of California, c.1962.