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King Burger Drive In Restaurant ~1956-1976 Lima Ohio ~ Vintage Drinking Glass

King Burger Drive In Restaurant 
~1956-1976 Lima Ohio ~ 
Vintage Drinking Glass

I added this vintage drinking glass to my collection recently. 

It was made by Federal Glass, a well known Columbus, Ohio glass company, for "King Burger". 

King Burger Drive In was built in the winter of 1956. 

This vintage Pepsi Cola soda pop sign is on display at Lima's Happy Daz restaurant. 

...not tryinc to keep their work a secret by concealing it under heavy wraps. They were just keeping out the weather. The special plastic cover, which lets in the light but keeps the dampness out, permit- ted stucco plastering of the building's exterior and the laying of sidewalks during the heavy snow two weeks ago. The building will house a drive-in restaurant The builders are Paul Fields and Charles Rockwell. 

King Burger Carhops

Lima News Monday, Oct. 24, 1960 Luscious Eating At King Burger Drive-In Are you hungary for delicious food to satisfy your taste, at low prices? Try the King Burger Drive-In at 606 W. North Street. A canopy for all-weather outdoor service, enlargement of the indoor seating capacity, an order by phone system and expansion and a wider variety on the food menu add to the interior and exterior convenience and beauty of the King Burger. Delicious chicken plates, which consist of four crispy pieces with a generous portion of French fries, cole slaw and roll, all for one dollar, are an attraction on the menu. For those with a limited lunch hour, quick noon lunches are also served. According to the owners, Charles Rockwell and Paul Fields, 95 per cent of all the food served by the King Burger is purchased from Lima wholesalers. "Our hamburger is ground daily and our pies are freshly baked every day." stated Fields. Forty-eight customers can be served at once in the dining room, and 50 outdoor phones are at the service of drive-in customers. A total of 34 persons are on the siaff of employes, more than half of their employees have worked there for at least 2 years, which is a fact that the partners are very proud of. As Fields explained, "The King Burger is willing to pay better than average wages to retain qualified employes and eliminate a constant turnover of personnel. A friendly greeting; warm and COURTEOUS SERVICE [Photo: Three of the many courteous car-hops who serve drive-in customers at the King Burger.] The owners of the restaurant are proud that their employes are known for fast efficient service. Atmosphere, and good food are marks of superb quality around the restaurant. The Record Hop that the King Burger and Sill's Shoes co-sponsored a short time ago proved to be a big success. The attendance was 350 teenagers; each of them received a FREE King Burger. A drawing was held at the hop and a Savings Bond was awarded to the one holding the lucky ticket. "It was good for the kids and we enjoyed Rockwell remark- ed. Also they sponsored a Midget Football team, called the "Jets." A tour through the back scenes of the King Burger-Drive In revealed the cleanliness that is kept throughout the entire restaurant. They have been in business in Lima for about 4 and a half years now and their main concern is to satisfy their customers in every way. "Business has been good; we are remarkably above last years said Rockwell. "Thank you for your continual patronage."

Articles from the Lima News, circa1960, should more accurately be called ''advertorials''.

These are the only articles or online mentions I found about King Burger, besides people mentioning the place nostalgically in web-comments, and the many help wanted ads in the Lima News archives. They ran ads from 1956 until 1976.

I didn't find any other mentions of the owners, Charles Rockwell and Paul Fields.

The restaurant was located at 606 W. North St., Lima, Ohio.

Here's a photo of the King Burger building, but as there aren't any signs, I don't know when it was taken. Definitely before the google maps satellite image of the building which today houses Sullivan Insurance.


Note: These items are part of my ''Collecting Lima Virtual Museum''. They are not for sale.

If/when I find more information on these items, I will add it to the post.

Read the Introduction to Collecting Lima Virtual Museum Project ~ My Lima Ohio Bottles, Advertising, Antiques

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An Eagle Eyed Look at Americana Patriotic Milk Glass Covered Dishes

Keep an Eagle Eye out for these vintage pieces of Patriotic Americana that commemorate the Spanish American War.

Learning about our country by a quick look at some vintage (circa early 1900's) patriotic/ historical/ American-history-themed milk glass figural covered dishes /product jars / candy container / mustard jars.

  • The top Eagle dish has red glass eyes
  • It was made by Westmoreland Glass
  • They made it in other colors too, and you can see in the photo of the blue dish, below, that there are eaglets on the other side.

The American Hen
  • An American Eagle with 3 eggs
  • the base/bowl is embossed THE AMERICAN HEN (so it is also a ''hen on a nest'')
  • the eggs are embossed Porto Rico, Cuba, Phillipines (referencing the Spanish-American War)
  • Attributed to the Flaccus Co., with a patent date of 1898.

Top: Remember the Maine
  • A history lesson about the Prelude to the Spanish American War.
  • Also by Flaccus.
Bottom left: Admiral Dewey

Bottom right: Simply a cannon on a drum which commemorates the Civil War, as does this piece:


To Learn More about milk glass:

Ernest L. Kraft Shoe Company Shoe Store Lima Ohio 1910 Photo

Ernest L. Kraft, Jr. -- Kraft Shoe Company -- Lima, Ohio

Real photo postcard, circa 1910, of the Kraft Shoe Company shoe store, Lima, Ohio.

My research finds that Mr. Kraft, Sr. was a shoe salesman for a company in Toledo in the 1890's [source], then opened a shoe store in Lima on Kibby. They relocated to the pictured location at 713 S. Main St. in 1903. In 1914 they moved to 707 S. Main St. [source].

In 1913 Kraft Sr. celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. So this young man pictured is Ernest L. Kraft Jr., who was listed as Manager by 1909.

There were many ads in the Lima News over the years for the Kraft's Shoe Store, none found in the 1920s though.

E. L. Kraft Jr.and his wife Lulu were mentioned often in the society news. They had a son named Ernest, as well. In 1904, little 3-yr-old Ernest was very ill. Lulu Kraft's obituary in 1949 calls her a widow, and tells us Ernest the 3rd survived [source].


Note: These items are part of my ''Collecting Lima Virtual Museum''. They are not for sale.

If/when I find more information on these items, I will add it to the post.

Read the Introduction to my ''Collecting Lima'' Virtual Museum Project, all about my Lima Ohio Bottles, Advertising, Antiques collection.

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Halloween Lovers Dream Auction of Rare Funeral Collection: Real Skeletons, Antique Caskets, Post Mortem Photos

Halloween Lovers may have thought they had died and gone to Haunted Heaven when they attended a truly unusual auction that was held in 2008 in Lima, Ohio, when a Collection-Macabre was sold off to the highest bidders!

We're talking real skeletons in real caskets, and other Funeral Home and Mortician memorabilia. Plus there were catalogs of caskets, and even garments that the funeral home could order to bury the deceased in, like the two pairs of Slumber Slippers, with lace-up backs to fit multiple sizes.

There were some small child's caskets, and several adult size caskets with real skeletons inside. The skeletons sold from $250.00 - $800.00 -- each!

A Victorian “toe-pincher”, also called “heel squeezers” or Dracula coffins because of their narrow tapering foot, sold $675.

Lots of casket handles and hardware, too.
I really liked the little folk-arty diorama of a cemetery. Perfect if you are really into decorating for Halloween!

Antique dealer Don Orwig recognized several of the faux-skeletons sold at the auction and lighted coffins as items from ceremonies hosted years ago by the Odd Fellows fraternity.
“Two of the coffins I bought were rigged with lights and the skeletons lighted up,” he said. “We’re seeing more of those, now that several of the old lodges are losing their membership and selling out. There’s quite a few collectors for these things, particularly among the Odd Fellows.” [Source]

The auction generated lots of excitement, and reporters came from all around -- here's the Toledo Blade article, and the Lima News article. Just check this google search to read some of the other newspaper articles.

I had hoped that there would have been some death-related and post-mortem postcards and photos like the examples below, but there weren't.

Here's an interesting book on Post Mortem Collectibles - link.

Here's the link to some post mortem items on ebay now.

Google's image search for Post Mortem items has some great photos.

SQUARE ~ How To Accept Credit Cards with Your Phone / Smartphone at Antique Shows

Update 8/2014 -- new chip technology in credit cards is coming to U.S. -- Square will provide new EMV card readers for their app.

Also, you can now send Square invoices online for the same bargain fee of 2.75%.

But wait, there's more:

The money shows up in your checking account within 24 hours. Sweet!

You can use any smartphone, iphone or android, to take credit cards and to have a free online store.

You need an ipad to use the cash register system. It's very cool, though!

EXCITING UPDATE [2/22/11] -- Square has eliminated the 15c transaction fee -- Woo-hoo! -- https://squareup.com/pricing

Square for the small business!

Now we all can take credit cards! Without a bank/merchant account, and for less than Paypal.

Got my new SQUARE widget -- free -- in the mail, and now I can't wait until the next time I set up at an antique show. What fun!

Another reason to have a smart phone. Mine's a DroidX and I love it. Being able to use it to research prices, email pix to buyers, blog from the phone, bid on ebay items, and so much more has made it pay for itself, and now even more so with this credit card swiper gadget.

What a boon for small business owners, especially those who sell on the road. Certainly less risky than taking out-of-state checks when you travel around the antique show circuit.

From their website:

 "  SQUARE is a cool service that enables anyone to accept credit cards anywhere. Square offers an easy to use, free credit card reader that plugs into a phone or iPad. It's simple to sign up. There is no extra equipment, complicated contracts, NO monthly fees or merchant account required.

Square's card processing fees are simply:
  • 2.75% + 15¢ for swiped transactions
  • 3.5% + 15¢ for keyed-in transactions

That's it! There are no activation, gateway, monthly, early termination, hidden fees or any additional costs to use Square. Every credit or debit card we accept (Visa, Mastercard, Amex and Discover) have the same flat rate. These fees are static and do not change depending on how much the transaction was for. As our fees are taken out of each transaction as they occur, there is no fee schedule.

Square also does not require a contract upon signup and since we only charge per transaction, it doesn't cost you anything if you don't use it! "

You can even email a receipt to your customer, and include a photo of the item they bought too. Here's what it looks like.

The top small pic is my logo/icon, so that helps you to look professional. Then it will show a map of where the purchase was made. Brimfield, Round Top, the Rose Bowl, etc.

Then the 2nd pic of me is where the pic of the item will be (which you take with your phone's camera and attach from your phone's pic gallery). The word testing would be replaced with the item description you enter.

You even have the customer sign on your phone's touch screen (which you shake like an Etch-A-Sketch to erase if they goof up).

The whole process is relatively simple. First, download the app to your phone -- squareup.com/app --  then go to the website and finish setting up your account with your bank info, etc. Then they mail you your widget. And voila, you're in bizness!

The physical card sliding does take practice, and the little widget will buzz at you till you get it right, but once you get the hang of it, it's a breeze. If you have anyone who owes you money, practice on them!

You will be happy that you got this little do-hickey/widget. And it's FREE -- you know I love free stuff that helps my business!

Yes, I know there are fees on the actual payment, but you can factor that in to the selling price. Even if you only take one credit card payment, that's a sale you might have lost.

Read what Fortune mag has to say: http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/01/31/a-twitter-guy-takes-on-big-banks/

PS -- Advice from the Square Blog:
When you first receive your reader, you may feel the irresistible urge to swipe every card you come across in order to display your new power to your friends and family.

When utilizing Square's awesome potential of making you money (ie. swiping a card), keep in mind that money really does move. Even if you cancel a transaction, that charge will still be seen as pending on the cardholder’s bank statement. These pending charges are a result of the bank guaranteeing that sufficient funds are available to cover the cost of the transaction. Depending on the speed of the bank, these pending charges will remain on their statement and hold funds anywhere from 1-5 business days.


Added on March 3, 2011 --  video showing Square in use:

Video: Credit card transactions for everyone -- www.cnn.com --

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