Where form meets function

Ever wondered how the car cupholder came about? Bon Appetit takes a closer look at how it was conceived and digs into the details of what makes a cupholder a good one.

“Real demand for the cup holder didn’t pick up until the 1950s, when drive-ins and drive-thru windows became mainstays of American eating. The very earliest evidence of complete cup-holding comes from a 1950 newspaper clipping that describes a “snack tray for car” that “hangs from dashboard.” The cups were held by metal discs hanging on chains from the tray, and seem to actually be fairly secure.”

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