Category: Mugs I’ll Never Use

What a pair!

I’ve filed these under Mugs I’ll Never Use.  Just handling them as they were intended makes me feel kind of sleazy.  I’d like to think that by purchasing them and bringing them into my home, I’ve rescued them from the grabby hands of some dirty old man.

Naked lady mugs

Pair of naked lady mugs, acquired in April 2012 at the antique mall in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Café au lait

Café au lait figurine (cow with mug attached to its udder)

Cafe au lait figurine, purchased at Taylor's Antique Mall, Ellicott City, Maryland in April 2012

Well, here’s an interesting variation on the cow udder mug, and another mug I’ll never drink out of.  Actually, the mug doesn’t detach from the cow figurine, and it’s rather tiny, so I couldn’t if I wanted to anyway.  Where on earth did they get the idea from this?  I know that they didn’t see a cow wandering around with a mug stuck to its udders with “Café au lait” painted on its side.  Because if they did, it would be on YouTube by now, or there would be animal rights activists protesting it, or both.  But is it tacky?  Maybe not, because I think it’s kind of cute.

Republican Mug

Republic Mug

Republic Mug by Fishs Eddy, purchased on eBay February 2012

Although this is a sturdy ceramic mug, it belongs in my collection of “Mugs I’ll Never Use,” because it has the faces of eleven Republican politicians imprinted on the side.  My objection isn’t that they are members of the Grand Old Party.  I’d probably drink out of a mug with Lincoln’s face on it, and probably already have.  But the people on this mug are curious, and sometimes objectionable, choices.  History has not been kind to most of them, such as Joe McCarthy, Strom Thurmond, and Spiro Agnew.  Whatever their accomplishments in life might have been, they will probably be most remembered in history for abuse of power, racism, and corruption.

The makers of this mug also made a Democratic version, which I haven’t been able to locate.  But I do know that it features Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and John F. and Robert F. Kennedy.  These are political figures to whom history has been kinder to than their G.O.P. mug counterparts.  I guess we know what party the manufacturer belonged to.


Don’t Forget to Vote Mug

Donkeys doing the wild thing

Donkeys doing the wild thing, purchased at the Emmitsburg Antique Mall, October 2010

Look at what these donkeys are doing!  I hope they finish up before the polls close.  This mug, decorated with randy donkeys, is my reminder to myself and you to VOTE…not just the big elections, but the primaries, mid-terms, and even the  local special elections.  Enough of the serious message.  My question is, if there is a Republican version of this mug (and there probably is, but I didn’t find one in the antique store where I found this one), what do you think THEY are doing on it?

This mug is part of the collection, “Mugs I’ll Never Use.”

Pistol Dawn mug

Pistol Club mug

Member of the Pistol Club mug

It’s an old mug, and an even older joke: “Member of the Pistol Club – Drink Till Midnight, Pistol Dawn.” And so politically incorrect, showing two cowboys engaging in gun play while drunk. Back in the day, it was considered hilarious.

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Toilet Week

Toilet Mug from Harriet Carter

Toilet Mug from Harriet Carter

I’m pleased to announce the first feature of Toilet Week, brought to you by Julie’s Tacky Treasures.  Reaction from my fans to the announcement of Toilet Week has ranged from “I’m flushed with excitement” to “What the Flush?”

All installments for Toilet Week will appear in this post, so keep coming back throughout the week of February 22-26 to see what’s new.

MondayToilet Mug from Harriet Carter catalog

Tuesday Toilet Ash Tray

WednesdayToilet Radio by Stellarsonic

Thursday Goodbye Cruel World

Friday Toilet Pencil Sharpener

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