There’s just something about alcohol that brings out the wackiness in people. Duh!
Check out the 1960-era Co-Eds party coasters “for mixed company.” Quite the little items, don’t you think? The coasters for the L’il Lasses have elastic straps under the little lace skirts. Just like real lasses! The L’il Lads’ coasters have out front what I feel compelled to call “jewels.” The box says this is “A Milbit Product.”
Continuing with the hilarity, here are Whistle for your Drink “Highball Cocktail Mixers.” I suppose they couldn’t resist adding “Wet your whistle” to the package. The ones in the package on the left have whistles on them, of course, but just to mix it up, the others have little harmonicas.
More than one enterprising capitalist brought out naughty little coasters to liven the party. Duets, which feature little red hearts, are shown here on a glass and in the box.
This may be the only one of these you’ll ever see on a glass, actually being used. When these “coasters” are found, they are usually in unused condition in the original box. I wonder why. These Duets are described as: “Intimate Coasters for your Highballs.” The box goes on to say, “Freshen up drinks with Duets, the gay party coasters, Made in USA, Inventex Corp., Allentown, Pennsylvania.”
And then there are S’porters, a riff on “athletic supporter” (yuk, yuk) and yet another entry into the naughty novelty coaster field. This one is “a set of athletic coasters to give your hi balls a lift.” My goodness, I’m blushing. I'm not sure what those “hi balls” are made of except that they seem rather heavy and remind me of nothing so much as the ball in a “ball and chain.”
Float-A-Toast offers “toasts that float”— “It floats in your drink.” Each little plastic ball has a toast inscribed inside of it such as “May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead” and “Here’s to the man who takes a wife. May he make no mistake / for it makes a lot of difference whose wife it is you take.” Obviously, this is “The newest bar sensation.”
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