Purple Cow Coffee Shop 2

Manufacturer: Fraunfelter China
User/Pattern: Purple Cow Coffee Shop, Chittenden Hotel, Albert Pick Hotel Chain
Date: 1924 - 1939 (based on backstamp)
Notes: This Purple Cow Coffee Shop was associated with the Chittenden Hotel in Columbus, Ohio, which was part of the Albert Pick Hotel Chain. The chain used several purple cow designs (see related link below), but it is not known if any other hotels in the Albert Pick Hotel Pick chain used this particular pattern.

White body with prancing and laughing purple cow wearing a large bell around its neck. The phrases, "I never saw a purple cow, I never hope to see one" and "But I can tell you anyhow, I'd rather see than be one" flank the cow in purple letters. This poem verse originally was written by Gelett Burgess and first published in The Lark as "The Purple Cow: Reflections on a Mythic Beast Who's Quite Remarkable, at Least" in 1895. The complete poem can be found on select Purple Cow menus.

For a different Purple Cow pattern:
Purple Cow Coffee Shop by Shenango China






1933 Hotel Red Book Excerpt


ID and creamer photos contributed by CarolCardona
Additional info contributed by dmcgrann
Menu photos contributed by leontiev
Hotel Red Book excerpt contributed by dbstoneware
Poem source info contributed by subversivegrrl

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