Did you know there was such a thing as peanut butter glasses? They are drinking glasses from around the 1950's or so that came with peanut butter in them.
They had a metal or plastic lid that popped off and moms would buy the peanut butter so they could keep the glass to use as a drinking glass afterwards.
There were several companies that were using this idea to promote their peanut butter and it worked. It was more expensive this way but moms thought it was worth it to be able to keep the glass afterwards.
Some PB glasses do date back before "The Great Depression" but without proper papers you wouldn't know that they were indeed PB glasses as they had no markings on them at all.
There are about a dozen different companies that produced these glasses from around the 1950's. Some of the companies include:
W. T. Young Food Inc. produced Big Top peanut butter which had a reusable drinking goblet. These glasses were a little different.
They were manufactured by Hazel Atlas Glass Company and had diamond and fan motif on them with the bottom having starburst motif. There are 3 different sizes of these glasses; 14 oz., a sherbert glass, and a 4.5 oz. juice glass.
In 1955 the founder William T. Young sold the business to Procter and Gamble who changed the name to what we now know as Jif.
The Lexington History Museum actually has Big Top peanut butter artifacts of an unopened jar of peanut butter and an unopened can of peanuts. It's on display in the "Lexington: Athens of the West" exhibit. If you're in the area you might want to check it out.
Boscul Peanut Butter Company produced peanut butter glasses that were distributed by the Wm. S. Scull Company around the 1950's. They come in 4 different sizes, with 6 different decal designs of florals, birds, butterflies, dogs, different types of fruit, and reminders of Christmas.
In the 1950's peanut butter was about 0.27 cents and you received the glass for free.
The first set of glasses produced were 11 oz., had the name on top of the glass and they had 84 different variations of 35 different flowers.
When the price went up to 0.29 cents per jar of peanut butter the company had to change the size of the peanut butter to 10 oz. to still make a profit.
So the second sets of glasses produced were 10 oz. with the name at the bottom but there were 367 different variations of 103 flowers.
There were also an Ice Tea glass that was 14 oz. and a juice glass that was 5 oz. but it is unknown if this glass came with peanut butter in it or if it was produced to give mothers a smaller glass to have in their cupboards.
York Peanut Butter Company first produced glasses just before the 1961 NHL playoffs to promote better peanut butter sales.
They were promoting Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadians and had the picture of the upper half of the player with their jersey on the front and the back has an action shot of that player.
There was 3 series all together. The first series for 1961 consists of 21 players; 10 from Toronto Maple Leafs and 11 from the Montreal Canadians.
The second series in 1962 only consisted of 11 glasses. 4 from Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 from Montreal Canadians and 3 from Detroit Red Wings. Because there weren't very many of these glasses, they are harder to find and more valuable than the first series.
The third series from 1968 is the rarest with only 6 glasses. 3 from Toronto Maple Leafs and 3 from Montreal Canadians.
Other companies that have made peanut butter glasses include:
A few companies still use peanut butter glasses as a promotional method once in a while.
And still people buy them to be able to keep the glass afterwards.
Here is an excellent book by Barbara E. Mauzy called Peanut Butter Glasses. If you are looking to collect these glasses, then this book is a must have. There are 3 editions out as of today and here they are.