Ideas for Dixie Cup Holders

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Ideas for Dixie Cup Holders
Increase hygiene in your home or office with paper dixie cups and dispensers. (gobelet papier image by F/32 from

The dixie cup was first introduced to the world in 1907 by Lawrence Luellen. He was concerned with issues of public health that stemmed from the commonly used public well, pump or water barrel and shared dipper. Lawrence believed that this was a main cause of communal sickness and disease. His idea for the paper cup was realised in 1912 by the Health Cup Company which later changed their name to dixie cup in 1919. After World War I, the dixie cup became a common household item. Dixie cup holders or dispensers were introduced in the home as a way to conveniently dispense the paper cups.

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Counter Top Holders

Countertop dixie cup holders are ideal for home bathrooms. They are designed with the cups placed upside down in the holder. Each cup is dispensed by pulling a cup off of the top of the stack. Some countertop holders come with a spring device on the inside that allows the cup to release from the stack easily. Other styles simply hold a stack of the cups inside a hollow cylinder. Countertop holders can be found online at websites like or Countertop holders typically hold 50 to 100 cups and come in a variety of materials. Steel, brushed nickel and ceramic are common options.

Wall-Mounted Holders

Wall-mounted dixie cup holders dispense a larger number of paper cups than countertop versions. They are ideal for heavily trafficked areas. Websites like offer a selection of wall-mounted cup holders. carries a more varied selection as they include vintage models to choose from. Wall-mounted holders work well on the inside of cabinets near sinks, on the wall next to sinks or water coolers or next to refrigerators with water dispensers in the door.

Industrial Holders

Industrial dixie cup holders have been in the general public since 1916. The makers of dixie cups tried the industrial style dixie cup holder and water dispenser in local state schools before going national with the railroad circuit. The dixie cup craze caught on, and chemists and soda fountains began using dixie cup dispensers. Today industrial dixie cup holders are found in restaurant and office supply catalogues or websites like Industrial models hold cups in mass quantities and come in both countertop and wall-mounted versions. Most are made of basic steel or plastic.

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