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Collapsible Metal Drinking Cup From Brown News Company, c. 1900-1913

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This is a vintage collapsible drinking cup that was sold by Brown News Company of Kansas City at its news stands and lunch rooms along the Southern Pacific railroad lines prior to 1914. This would make an outstanding addition to the novelty collector's trove or as an attention getter in your display center.

Description: This vintage collapsible all metal cup is round and consists of a base, a small bottom cup, three concentric interlocking expansion rings and a lid. The lid snaps to the base to hide the cup and decompressed rings for storage. The lid is stamp embossed with the text, “BROWN NEWS CO. PRICE TWENTY FIVE CENTS”. The cameo head of what appears to be a Greek Goddess is embossed at the center of the lid. The side of the lid that extends down to the base has a two very small splits due to use. All components of the cup including base, bottom cup, rings and lid appear to be made of brass or copper and plated with another metal. All parts of the cup are non-magnetic.

Condition: The cup is in good used condition. The plating is worn off on the top edge of the base where the cup attaches to it and the plating on the outside of the bottom cup and two of the extension rings is worn from sliding the cup pieces into place. The top extension ring shows very slight wear. The plating on the top of the lid also is worn thin from use.

Measurements: Across the base and lid of the cup it measures 2 ¼ “. The extended cup measures 2” across the mouth and 1 1/2” across the bottom of the cup at the base. When extended, the cup measures 2 ¼” deep. When collapsed for storage, the cup stands about 1 1/8” high.

Historical Note: Brown News Company operated news stands and lunch rooms in train stations along the Southern Pacific rail lines in the late 1800s and up to 1914. Brown News employees sold novelties such as the collapsible cup, newspapers, books, magazines, tobacco products, etc. Brown News merged with the Van Noy Interstate Company in 1914 which later became the Host Marriot Corporation we know today.
Joyce Combs and Hubby

Collapsible Metal Drinking Cup From Brown News Company, c. 1900-1913


  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Material: metal
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