Mid-Century Vintage - Nine Federal Glass Co., Banded Striped Zombie - Slim Jim Tumblers - Fiesta Pottery Colors
Imagine relaxing on your patio, on a warm evening, sipping a tall cool drink from one of these neat banded Zombie tumblers. Even better if you have the 1950's Homer Laughlin, Fiesta pottery dinnerware to match. These are banded with the four popular 1951 to 1959 colors that go with the dinnerware. Chartreuse, Forest Green, Grey, and Maroon. The first three colors were introduced in 1951 and the Maroon color was introduced by Homer Laughlin in 1936 as a Harlequin dinnerware color. The other color introduced in 1951 was Rose and what I am calling Maroon might be the Rose color but it is a bit dark for Rose. I call them Go-Alongs as they match the vintage 1950's Fiesta dishes.
The nine are great looking and in great condition, from the Federal Glass Company, Columbus, Ohio. These were advertised in Federal Glass Sales Catalogs in 1953 and 1954. They were listed as "Tumblers In Popular Dinnerware Colors". They were numbered by the Federal Glass Company as #8113B - 13 oz.; Decoration #243 Bands. These are the more elegant thinner blown glass tumblers and they are super nice. The 1950's vintage tumblers are getting harder and harder to find especially in this fine condition.
I can find no evidence to show that this bunch was ever used. I don't find any damage, not even a scratch, stain, chip, nick, crack, or repair. The banded color decoration is fired onto the glass, and is intact, glossy, and smooth. I really don't see any wear at all. They are all marked with the Federal Glass logo, an uppercase F in a shield. The logo is embossed on the bottom and it is backwards so you can see it the right way if you look into the bottom.
The shape which is almost straight up and down is called a Zombie or Zombies. Federal Glass also called these Slim Jims. They are just a bit over 6-3/4" Tall and the opening is 2-1/4" ID. Each will hold 13 ounces. Just the thing for those tall cold drinks.
Reference: "The Decorated Tumbler" authored by Hazel Marie Weatherman, Published in 1978. Reference: "Collector's Encyclopedia of Fiesta, Ninth Edition" authored by Bob & Sharon Huxford, Copyright 2001.
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