Manufacturer: Jackson China
User: Blimp Shrimp
Distributor: Kalberer Hotel Supply Company – Seattle
Date of examples: circa 1946 – 1959
Notes: As of this date, there is no definitive ID for Blimp Shrimp, except that, based on the distributor's location and unique name, it was most likely located in Lynnwood, Washington, per the Seattle matchbook maker, shown above, and 1962 want ads in the Lynnwood Enterprise, describing a rental as being "three doors north of the Blimp Shrimp Cafe on Highway 99 in Lynnwood. It appears that Aurora Highway, shown on the matchbook, and Highway 99, shown in the want ads, are the same road.
Lynnwood, Washington, is north of Seattle on Highway 99/the Aurora Highway. When the grill opened and closed is not known.
White body vitrified china with shades of red airbrushed drawings of undersea plants along approximately three-fourths of the rim. The name of the restaurant, "Blimp Shrimp," is in a matching red script font in the ten to almost twelve o'clock position on the outer rim. In the center of the well, along with some of the undersea plants spilling from the rim, is a large red airbrushed shrimp.
Lynnwood Enterprise – February 7, 1962 – ad for a rental
Plate and matchbook photos: Kathleen Lathom
Author: Ed Phillips