The Dixie Cup

March 23rd Celebrates The Dixie Cup

Today on Day’s to remember, we celebrate how on March 23rd 1912, the Dixie was invented.

Dixie Cup is the brand name for a line of disposable paper cups that were first developed in the United States in 1907 by Lawrence Luellen, a lawyer in Boston, Massachusetts, who was concerned about germs being spread by people sharing glasses or dippers at public supplies of drinking water.

Out of all people to be paranoid about germ my guess who of been a doctor no a lawyer, but let’s go on with gulp on history.

Lawrence Luellen, of Boston, Massachusetts, developed a water-vending machine with disposable cups, and with another Bostonian, Hugh Moore, embarked on a public-education campaign about the health benefits of the disposable drinking cup.

By 1912 the Individual Drinking Cup Company’s product was called the Health Kup and the company had developed its first semi-automatic machine to produce them. The breakthrough came when the devices became standard equipment on trains.

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (The Metal Ghost), brings you a 1970’s commerical on the convenience of having a Dixie cups. As we celebrate how on March 23rd 1912, the Dixie was invented.

The flu epidemic after World War I put paper cups in even higher demand. Faced with the growing number of companies entering the cup-making business each year, Hugh Moore changed the name of his product in an effort to set it apart from the competition.

In 1919 the Health Kup became the Dixie Cup, named for a line of dolls made by Alfred Schindler’s Dixie Doll Company in New York.

Success led the company, which had existed under a variety of names, to change its name to Dixie Cup Corporation and move to Easton, Pennsylvania.

Business expanded again when Moore and Luellen discovered that the drinking cups were ideal for individual servings of ice cream and the Dixie Cup took on another meaning.

About this time Luellen assigned his patents to the new company allowing it to manufacture cups. In turn, he received substantial stock in the company and cash. Hugh Moore was secretary, treasurer, general manager and finally president of the new company.

Let’s raise our glassed and give a toast to the Dixie Cup on its birthday today on March 23rd, Hail to the Dixie Cup!

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell


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