Manufacturer: Walker China and Shenango China
User: Hospitality Motor Inns
Date of footed mugs: Walker, mid-1960s – 1969; Shenango, 1968-79
Notes: A subsidiary of the Standard Oil Company of Ohio, the Hospitality Motor Inns originally was headquartered in the Midland Building of Cleveland, Ohio. The trademark logo of a flaming or candlelit lowercase letter 'h' dates back to August 1, 1964 based on the US Trademark Registration 825,096 shown above.
The first motel was located in Cleveland and the chain quickly expanded into other Ohio cities, including Willoughby and Columbus as confirmed by the backstamp below, and eventually expanded into other states by the late 1960s.
In the early 1970s, the Hospitality Motor Inns also became associated with the Dutch Pantry Restaurant franchises. In 1980, Harry Helmsley acquired the Hospitality Motor Inns, incorporating the chain as part of their Harley Hotels.
Light tan body with dark brown footed base; topmarked with the flaming or candlelit lowercase letter 'h' in dark brown and orange.
Walker photos submitted by subversivegrrl
Shenango photos contributed by matthanne1