By Garland Pollard
These insulated glasses, with different designs inserted inside, are sold with every sort of design and logo.
But there are other home fashion brands that are ready for revival, and have a history and tradition that is bankable today.
Of the great WASP home accessories brands, there is H.J. Stotter, now called Stotter & Norse. Their website shows none of the current product line, save that the brand is owned by Injectron. The Plainfield, New Jersey-based brand achieved its greatest popularity in the 1960s and 1970s, when its colorful plastic tumblers and other tableware were sold at high-end prep-type retail and gift shops.
Items from H. J. Stotter were a VERY popular wedding gift in the 1960s and 1970s; not only were they considered “good taste” they were terribly practical. We are sure that many a Rye, New York household still sports a few, though the worn-out ones have probably gone into the mudroom to serve as a scoop for the dog food for the Labrador.
The H. J. Stotter Co. was started by Herbert J. Stotter, who died in 1967. The company was not only known for glasses, but sold a complete tabletop line and was more a fashion brand like Vera Bradley.
Stotter was of the sort of folk he sold to, and lived at 417 Park Avenue in New York. Many of the designs were done by Beatrice Stotter (not sure of the relationship but she was a sort of pre-television Martha Stewart type). The company was high end; it was originally in the business of silk fabrics, or so say early clippings. James H. Stotter Jr. of the firm also patented a smokeless ashtray.
In the 1940s, its operations were considerable. It even hired ad firms like Hockaday Walsh. It even had subsidiaries, like Edgar Watkins at Home, which sold ice buckets for WASP parties and other housewares (some look a bit like Jonathan Adler). Stotter considered themeselves the “Welcome mat at the finest tables” and had a showroom at 225 Fifth Avenue in the New York Gift Building. Today, sadly, the only thing on Amazon.com with the Stotter name is a Stotter & Norse Crystal Wine set.
Want to know more? A BrandlandUSA Research Report on the history of H.J. Stotter brand is available. Email writer Garland Pollard by clicking here.