Dixie Cups

Speaking of Dixie cups (0r not), I always liked the photo of a movie star printed on the underside of the lid. It was protected with a piece of translucent wax paper that was easily peeled off once you separated it on the small tab. When you peeled off the wax paper, the fuzzy, indistinct image underneath looked so sharp and crisp. It didn’t matter who the image was of, and I wish now I saved them. There must be many collections out there, but I have never seen or heard of any.

Of course, I mean ice cream (vanilla-chocolate) Dixie cups that you ate from with a flat wooden spoon that came with it. Until I wrote this posting, I didn’t know any other kind existed, but, of course, Dixie had a full line of products, and still do (empty cups).  The company seems to be thriving.

I gather Dixie only made the cups and some other company filled them with their product.  I don’t remember what brand of ice cream was in the Dixie cups I ate from. I didn’t notice because I didn’t care. It was probably Breyers or Sealtest, the big local brands back then.

I found this typical image of a lid on the Internet. The movie stars I remember were stars like Bette Davis and Alan Ladd, and now, Gene Tierney.

I did find a more definitive article on the Internet as part of the Southeastern Antiquing and Collecting Magazine.  According to them, the movie star series started in 1934 when MGM gave Dixie permission to use 24 stars images at no cost.  They continued with 24 stars until WWII when they temporarily printed photos of military hardware. The last photo was printed in 1954, and the lids are now blank. (They could use my picture for free.)

Trivia: Two of the most popular movies of all time, Gone With the Wind, and The Wizard of OZ, were never mentioned on the lids. The wildly popular Shirley Temple was never on a lid. The standard lid sizes were 2.25 and 2.75 inches, which seems now as very small, but then, so was I. The typical value for a pristine vintage lid today is only about $2-3.


About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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