The first pair is our favorite: Happy Days Are Here Again. These are from around 1933 and were issued as souvenirs related to Franklin D. Roosevelt's upcoming inauguration (hence, the donkey). This slogan happened to be the title of FDR's campaign song. Another reason for these shot glasses being issued is so obvious, it's subtle. Think about it--why would you issue souvenir shot glasses during Prohibition? Is that a trick question? Nope. It just means you've got two new things to celebrate: a Democrat in the White House, and the good old Twenty-First Amendment (which ended Prohibition). Anyway, we love them.
The other set is mismatched, but adorable: Just A Swallow. The one on the left is the same shape and heft of the FDR shots, so we think it might be from the 1930s. The slogan is cute, and we love that the birds are reminiscent of American traditional tattoo designs.
As you can see from our pair, there are variations on this theme. These are some that I found online (and of course, we'd love to have them all):
|Similar to ours, but not the same! Available here|
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