The Museum of Vintage Restaurant Coffee Cups

Welcome to the Museum of Vintage Restaurant Coffee Cups. 

Search for a cup by the first letter of its restaurant,
or view the entire collection.

In an era of dizzying change, high technology, and
planned obsolescence, collecting and

using

restaurant ware

is a way of embracing these everyday objects that
embody the values of quality and endurance…
The cup

is

the china form with which the user relates most

intimately

.
We actively hold them in our hands, experiencing their
feel. We lift them to our lips, repeatedly

experiencing

their form
and decoration up close …
I view this kind of china as mid-century

American

utilitarian

art.

— Steve Aimone

I really can't explain why I find the restaurant coffee cup
so compelling; perhaps Prof. Steve Aimone's explanation is
the best one. It is an American art form that harkens back
to a simpler era; it is a craft to which one relates in a
very intimate manner. Moreover, the coffee cup's
sturdiness is somehow reflective of the
comforting nature of what it contains.

I hope you enjoy my online gallery of vintage restaurant
coffee cups.

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