Day 156-Tangerine Howard Johnson
Ok, here is the water bottle with the three dots on the top and the bottom row that I promised you five days ago. Most of you are probably wondering why I have the name of a hotel in the title. Here is the story. These bottles (which you can consider to be part of the VINEYARD line, if you want to) were made for the Howard Johnson restaurants. I am told that they were used in the restaurants but I also remember those places had a gift shop just inside the doors and I wonder if they were sold in the gift shop as well.
Remember the detective work we did yesterday. Here are some more clues:
1. I have ten Howard Johnson water bottles from this time period.
2. NONE of them are etched with the Blenko logo.
3. Statistically, three of them should have the logo etched on the bottom. (Ten bottles, made for three years. Only etched in one year ,1960. 10/3=3.33)
Is it possible Blenko made the 5 dot version in 1960 and switched to the 3 dot version in 1961 and 1962? (I actually do not know which years the Howard Johnson water bottles were produced as they were not regular production and did not show up in the Blenko catalogs. They could have been made prior to 1960 or continued beyond 1962 when the Vineyard line ended. ) Or did Blenko just not mark the Howard Johnson Bottles?
So, does anyone have a Howard Johnson Water Bottle with the Blenko etching on the bottom?
Thank you for reading all of the ramblings regarding Howard Johnson water bottles. As a special treat, I will show you the mold used to make these water bottles.
Remember to click on the photograph to see an enlarged version.
(Now, I am wondering if they had a special holder to hold these bottles while they were being fire polished???)
I almost forgot, Tangerine glows under ultraviolet light.