I saw a display of plastic tableware and tumblers today, all bright colors and big chunky shapes. They are nice enough if you want a glass the kids can use outside on the patio and you won’t feel too bad when they crack or leak by summer’s end. For me the current styles can’t compete with the super vintage look of footed tumblers.
This Floral Poinsettia pink tumbler is the classic vintage style from the 1930s. I love the look of footed cone shapes. Depression era glass companies used this same shape for creamers and sugars too – so distinctive and grand.
Some of the glass companies, like Fostoria, continued making footed tumblers right into the 1970s and 80s, but the shapes gradually got less conical and more vertical or rounded. Here’s a Fostoria Romance footed iced tea tumbler made between mid 1940s and 1972.
Do you see what I mean about this not being as cone shaped? It’s more like long goblet with a really short stem than a footed tumbler in the same style as the Floral one above.
I like this shape too (hey! It’s glass!!) but it’s not as endearing as the cone shapes from the depression era.