They used to have a lot of premiums at gas stations, from dishes to dolls of the world. Not to mention an orange ball for the top of your antennae - Union 76, I think, and tiger tails!
Then again, you could get colored glasses in oatmeal, and porcelain prizes in Cracker Jacks at one point. People really did make their brand decisions on premiums in the box sometimes. Just like they chose their flour by the flour sack cloth, since they were so often patterned for making things out of them. I can totally see choosing a pretty pattern for a child's clothing item, an apron, or a curtain.
Yes, exactly; a silent butler. Hers was rectangular and brass, with a wooden handle. Next to no one knows what they are anymore. There are the larger ones, this one was palm sized, not counting the handle. Dust mops work well.
Yes, at my grandmother's house, too, re: candy dish. There were always some good ones in there!
I've never seen a bumpy griddle.
I remember those cutting boards fondly from both grandparents', and my in-law's house. One of my grandmother's had a small, galley-shaped kitchen (While the other one had a huge kitchen.), so at Sunday dinner, and on holidays that she hosted, she used the cutting board to get dishes ready to serve. For example, she pulled it out, and set four soup plates on it, then readied the soup, as an example, by putting the minced parsley, sliced carrots, etc. in them. Then, she could fill them with soup, and carry them in to the dining room table, which was only steps away. Very handy.
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