Thursday, July 19, 2012

Vintage Drink Carriers


This time of year calls for picnics and camp outs. Long before all the bottled waters and drinks you can purchase nowadays, you had to bring along whatever liquid libation you desired in a container.


I was trying to think the other day what we did when I was a kid for bringing along water and basically we mostly didn't. You looked for a water fountain or drank from someone's hose. If we were heading out on a day trip we would fill up this big white drink dispenser with ice water or lemonade.


By far my favorite is this Tam O' Shanter Jug. How cool it was in plaid with its bright yellow spigot and cap.



30 comments:

Dina said...

Love them!

halloweencouple said...

I love the big jug, how we would cut down on waste if we all went back to this...thanks for sharing!

Ms. Redo said...

My parents had this big jug like your Tam O Shanter, filled with lemonade or tea usually. We did picnics nearly every Sunday in the summer at this "wayside" on a creek - Daddy would crank up the grill while we kids played in the creek, then we'd eat. Good memories you've evoked - thanks :)

pembrokeshire lass said...

We used to have a lot of these flasks that I used when we were harvesting...or my husband was working late. I would make baskets full... of boxes of sandwiches and cakes and flasks full of tea ready for the men working in the fields. Seems a long time ago. I miss those times but NOT...washing the empty flasks and boxes...usually about 11pm before I went to bed...that's unless we had anything calving!! Joan

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

Great collection! I have a big jug that is plaid and tan color with a red handle. Do you use yours? I haven't tried, not sure if safe. But, what is these days...I heard the other day they are now saying drinking from the hose isn't safe. Whatever!

Olive Cooper said...

Oh wow...I like the yellow plaid.

Sarah said...

Love the yellow check thermos! I always remember my mom traveling with her red plaid thermos. Every road trip or visit to see me, the thermos made the trip carrying her coffee for the road. Simple, delightful memory sparked by this post, Elaine. Thank you!

Terri said...

My father had a local driving route on his job. He always took a Thermos with him. I think of him when I see one.

The Boston Lady said...

Those are all so great, Elaine! I have a tall aluminum one that my dad used to take his coffee to work in everyday. And yes, I well remember on trips or picnics our drinks usually came out of a handy thermos! We are spoiled these days! But we were lucky back then too. Ann

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

I love them all, but yes the green is great!

Lois' Laughlines said...

I love your vintage thermoses. They do make me think of summer picnics.
blessings

laurie said...

you have a great collection!!

Linda said...

Love them! I think the yellow check is my favorite! Oh the days of water fountains and hoses...so simple back then! Have a great day!!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You have a great collection! I laughed out loud about drinking from the water hose...or even just from a spigot! Gosh those were the days. Hugs, Linda

chateau chic said...

Those vintage thermos's make great vases too! Love them.
Mary Alice

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Aren't they fun? I just bought a red thermos today myself!

Leslie said...

Those are really great! They remind me of camping!
Blessings,
Leslie

NanaDiana said...

I actually remember using them!!!! xo Diana

Kris said...

I love those too Elaine! Yep, when we were kids, we drank from a hose or the fountains.
We lived.
K

Honey at 2805 said...

What an adorable collection! Thank you for sharing your your lovely post at Potpourri Friday!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Like you ...we made enough for a crowd. My parents used a huge Igloo cooler.
At one time, I even think we had a galvanized cooler (the lid was tough to remove on that one) but it had the little attachment on the side for the little paper cone/cups!
Ice cold lemonade...the drink of the day!

...around the neighborhood, we drank from the hose, same as you! Pat

Chenille Cottage said...

Hi Elaine!
Oh...I love the colors red and yellow side by side. The yellow checked thermos is wonderful...Your family will always have cool drinks for every outing.
I hope you are getting settled back in after your Oregon trip. We just traveled along the Rogue River last weekend and I thought of you.
Have a great weekend!
Blessings,
Carolynn

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

LOVE these...and the tam 'o shanter is so cute!!! I one all things Scottish!!!

Have you ever seen our picnic jug lamps Trip made for the cabin? They are too much fun.

You have a great collection, Elaine.

Debra said...

What a great collection! I remember having / using thermos too! And I remember having a thermos going in a lunchbox for school lunches

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Very cool Elaine -- when I was a kid we picnic-ed a lot and there was ALWAYS the big stainless steel drink container complete with spigot -- I have no idea where that thing came from or ultimately where it ended up but it went on probably a bazillion picnics with us :)

Blessings!
Gail

Jann Olson said...

Elaine these are darling. I love old thermos's and pick them up whenever I see them. I especially like the tartan plaid ones. Your collection is so cute.
Hugs,
Jann

Diann said...

These are all wonderful! I love that last one and the yellow and white checked one. I still like to use these when we head out for a day or a trip.

CAS said...

I love your collection of beverage dispensers; & because I'm "old," I remember each one. Lemonade or iced tea never tasted quite as cold as it did when served from one of those large thermos jugs!

CAS

Katie Sue said...

The yellow one is insanely cute!!!
Love them.
Katie
Found you through Feathered Nest Friday.

Sherry said...

So charming! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

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