This terrific glass with a striking white railway side logo is authentic from the Illinois Central Railroad. It was made for the railroad in the mid-1960s by the Libbey Glassware company. A large 5.25 inches tall, it holds 10 ounces comfortably.
This glassware is shown and discussed in "Sparkling Crystal, A Collector's Guide to Railroad Glassware" by Larry Paul. The author has assigned it a number IC-GW-5 in the book, and confirms that it is a Libbey's No. 1808 Columbian shape Collins glass. The shape is flexible enough to have been used to serve either mixed drinks or non-alcoholic beverages on a dining car table.
CONDITION is lovely, with NO cracks, chips, flakes or cloudiness. The logo and the single line surrounding the glass behind it are bright white. The raised Libbey bottom mark is clear and easy to read. The trademark No-Nik rim is smooth and perfect.
This individual glass dates from the mid-1960s -- not long before 1970 when the ICRR ended passenger service (which could explain its apparently little- to no-use condition.) It carries the diamond logo that was used by the Illinois Central during that time period. Further helping to date it, is its bottom mark: the Libbey raised scrolling "L" in a circle. Additionally, two small numbers - a "1"on the left and a "6" on the right - likely date it to having been made during the first four months of the year 1966, according to book author Paul, who states "an exact date for the introduction of this mark has not been found" and says that the World's Fair glassware Libbey produced with the same bottom mark are almost certainly proof positive the marks are from the 1960s.
A lovely glass from a fabled American railway line -- subject of the fabled ballad "Riding on the City of New Orleans" -- would be a fine addition to any passenger dining car item collection! The Illinois Central Railroad, sometimes called the Main Line of Mid-America, was headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Its its primary routes connected Chicago with New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mobile, Alabama. A line also connected Chicago with Sioux City, Iowa. There was a significant branch to Omaha, Nebraska, and another branch reaching Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Th Illinois Central railroad ran from 1851 until 1999. In August, 1972, it merged with the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad to form the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad (ICG). In 1988, the railroad's then-parent company IC Industries spun off its remaining rail assets. On February 29, 1988, the newly separated ICG dropped the "Gulf" from its name and again became the Illinois Central Railroad. Finally, in 1998, the Canadian National Railway acquired control of the IC.
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