Ever wonder why Indiana is known as the Hoosier State? Well, you’ll have to keep wondering, because apparently the exact origin of the term “hoosier” has been lost to time. According to the Indiana Historical Society, "No one seems to know how the word ‘Hoosier' came to be. Some people think it was meant to mock Indiana as a rough, backwoods and backwards place. Others think that early settlers used the term with pride to describe themselves as a hearty, courageous group.” I was amused to learn that one legend—which is false, alas—is that the question “Who’s your (relative)?” was shortened to just “Hoosier.” Ha! So while we may never know what Hoosier really means, I can tell you that Indiana has a few teatime connections that are indeed known!
• Many tea lovers like old glassware, and plenty of it hails from Indiana. Ever heard of Indiana Glass Company of Dunkirk, Indiana? The company traces its beginnings to 1897 and produced a glassware pattern called Avocado, considered by some to be the first real pattern of Depression glass. You may also have heard of Cracked Ice, Pyramid, Horseshoe, Pineapple and Floral, Old English, and Sandwich patterns. My favorite Indiana Glass pattern, though, is without a doubt the Art Deco Tea Room pattern, the teacup and saucer of which are shown here. If you’d like to learn more about Indiana Glass, there are lots of articles online, and I found this website most helpful with its extensive history and listings.