I don’t know why but for some reason I started remembering drinking from dippers and tin cups when I was young.
Typically there was a tin cup, frequently a tin can, hung on a hook by a hand pump. Obviously, this was in a farming community and there was a well on every farmstead.
Everyone drank from that cup or can. Amazingly, we survived! Of course, it was also true that the can was outside and sunlight is a great sterilizer. On the other hand the typical rusted edge of those cup had to be great place to harbor germs.
In the homes it was typical to have a bucket or large ceramic crock that was kept for drinking water. There was usually a long handled dipper hanging on the side or resting inside the crock. This was used by all the family members and any guests.
It seemed that the only time glasses were offered was when a sit-down meal was in progress.
When haying or threshing, all activities that typically involved a ‘crew’ of laborers, the water was served from a jug, passed from one person to another.
I also remember artesian water that would be flowing from pipes along the roads. These were highlights since the constantly flowing water was always fresh and cold. There was always a tin cup available and visitors generally made use of these community cups.
Makes me wonder when we developed the phobia against sharing drinking utensils?
I’m not suggesting that sharing drinking cups is desirable, just wondering how the change came about since it obviously wasn’t the norm some 60 years ago.