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Mr. Zip by Homer Laughlin
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In the early 1960s, the US Post Office introduced Mr. Zip, a mascot to promote the use of zip codes. A merchandising campaign was launched with Mr. Zip appearing on lunch boxes, buttons, metal banks, and pottery.

Shown below are two Mr. Zip pieces made at Homer Laughlin: the square ashtray and Irish coffee mug, both trimmed in gold. The ashtray was given a special overglaze gold marking that included the city, state, and zip code: Newell, West Virginia 26050.

Harker Pottery made a tumbler/pencil holder with Mr. Zip decals. Just like the HLC Mr. Zip ashtray, Harker tumblers were marked with a gold stamp including the city, state, and zip: Chester, West Virginia 26034.



Homer Laughlin square ashtray and Irish coffee mug. Inset shows the marking on the ashtray.


Harker tumbler/pencil holder.

Harker gold marking.

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