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uncle trav
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Joined: Apr 27, 2005
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From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2017-02-20 04:09 am   Permalink

On 2017-02-19 18:08, Feelin' Zombified wrote:
I'm still not convinced that version of the mug was ever used at the Mauna Loa at all. The RAM stamp on the bottom is completely different than everything else. Every other ceramic piece has the name somewhere on it. The only mention anywhere that it was from the Mauna Loa is in Tiki Quest, which could be incorrect. With all of the Mauna Loa mugs that I've found in the metro area in 25 years, I've never run across the RAM mug. You'd think there'd be more out there locally if it's from Mauna Loa.


I completely forgot about a post I did on that subject back in 2009.

Big Kahuna, That's a question that is tough to nail down. As far as I know this design of mug for the Mauna Loa was marked "DESIGN BY MAUNA LOA DETROIT" on the bottom. If these were left over stock they would have had to grind this off of the mug and put on the R.A.M. mark. The case may be that the manufacture had the mold and made a small production run of the same mug with the R.A.M. markings for general sale. Mauna Loa mugs are often found with an "HF" sticker on the bottom also. The HF is linked to "House of Favors" which appears to be a distributor for restaurant supplies and supplied the swizzles for the Mauna Loa. No one is clear if HF actually made the mugs or was just the distributor. Not sure if we have tracked down what or who the "DESIGNED BY R.A.M." stands for. I guess it's another case of the Mauna Loa giving up little in the way of it's secrets.
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Feelin' Zombified
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From: The Exotic Shores of Lake St. Clair
Posted: 2017-02-20 09:48 am   Permalink

I'd say it was a stock design that Mauna Loa ordered with a custom black glaze, their name added to the bottom instead of the RAM logo.

I assume you've seen this post:


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From: Michigan
Posted: 2017-02-20 10:31 am   Permalink

I did recently find a tan RAM mug in the Detroit area recently whatever that is worth.

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