Aluminum Tumblers (9)

By the late 1950s, American manufacturers and retailers were promoting new tools, clothes, furniture, and serving ware to go along with grilled meals on the patio. The set of serving ware, including an anodized aluminum tray, 9 tumblers, and pitcher, and 4 wicker holders, was a common fixture of the 1960s backyard or patio culture established in the U.S. in the 1950s. These “glasses” were among the most common and ubiquitous of the specialized tools for the new life in the outdoors. Many were giveaways given along with or filled with a desirable foodstuff or awarded for coupons in grocery store giveaways.
Anodized aluminum tumblers were commonly used for serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at backyard cookouts. The anodizing process increased the thickness of the oxide layer on metallic parts, making the popular serving ware unbreakable, rust-resistant, and colorful—perfect for outdoor gatherings.
Object Name
aluminum tumbler set
drinking set
drink ware
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
overall: 5 1/4 in x 3 1/4 in; 13.335 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Food Culture
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Visitor Comments

6/24/2015 3:09:58 PM
Michael Brown
The article was quite interesting. I would have liked to know the manufacturer of the aluminum tumbler set too. Thank You for your excellent work! Michael
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