|Cornstalk, Little Turtle, Pontiac, Logan|
|very rare original box sighting|
|White Eyes, Tecumseh, The Prophet, Blue Jacket|
Oh, my. Here am debating the historical accuracy of frosted glass tumblers!
The set is from the late 1950s or early 1960s (I've never determined exact years) and was promoted by Bonded Oil. One glass was awarded for every $2.50 in gas purchased. Gas was about 25 cents a gallon then, but before you get too nostalgic on the gas price, keep in mind that with inflation that would be $2.10 a gallon in 2017 money. So roughly the same. I guess this was sort of like Kroger Fuel Points in reverse.
I found a mention online that indicated that the art itself was done by Indian artist Acee Blue Eagle. The font in the heading is even the same as another collection he is known to have designed. That was an exciting development! However, I was able to quickly debunk that theory. I saw another article online that first appeared in an antique magazine in 1991. That person makes a good case that Blue Eagle had nothing to do with the Ohio glasses. They ARE very similar to a set of Oklahoma Indian glasses he painted and released in 1959 for a similar promotion by Knox Oil, but having been well known at the time, his artwork would have incorporated his name. The Ohio glasses are likely just a copycat design by another gas station chain capitalizing on mid-century America's Indian nostalgia thanks to movie Westerns and TV shows like The Lone Ranger.
|Pitcher and original box - on my wishlist|
|"c. Bonded" marking|
Now for a couple of unsolved mysteries.
|4 smaller glasses - also on the wishlist|
There may have even been a metal rack for the eight glasses but I've only seen one mention of that anywhere.
|the lone Pontiac mystery glass|
It’s one of my favorite glass collections. They are beautiful to look at and the set represents American Indians in the Ohio Valley from a time period I fell in love with many years ago.