You know how you buy one thing. That one time. Just because it's a good deal.
Or it's really cute.
And then you start seeing similar things at yard sales for a buck or two and you think, why not?
And next thing you know, you have yourself a bona fide collection?
Well, that's what happened to me with thermoses.
Believe me, I never started out one day saying "Boy, I really need to have a collection of used insulated coffee holding devices which probably don't even work anymore and who-knows-who has drunk out of".
Nope, never happened.
I keep my collection in my kitchen on the counter next to the almost never used mixer.
Although, now that's I'm typing this, it would make so much more sense next to the almost never used coffee maker.
I found my newest addition to my collection at an estate sale.
An Aladdin brand thermos that has a weird, rubbery plaid covering on the base.
It sort of feels like the bumpy shelf liner stuff they sell nowadays.
And it has a cork instead of a screw on cap! How cool is that?
When I saw it, I thought it might be a very, very, very old thermos from before they invented screw on caps.
But then that very same night I was watching The Odd Couple and saw an episode where Felix was filling up Murray The Cop's thermos with hot coffee. And Murray's thermos had the same type of cork in it.
So I guess it's not any older than the 60's or 70's.
And is it totally weird that the very same day I bought this thermos is the day I saw that particular episode? What are the chances of THAT!
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Very interesting. I am trying to find some information about the Scotch brand thermoses. I have found zero. Is there a good site I can visit that will tell me about it? Thanks so much.
The Skotch Kooler brand of picnic jugs, coolers and thermoses was made by Hamilton Metal Products in the 50's and 60's. I wonder if that's what you're referencing (notice the K's in the spelling of the brand, instead of the traditional spelling)? I have a photo of a few of mine on this Christmas decor post - https://www.houseofhawthornes.com/vintage-eclectic-holiday-home-tour/. And there is a company called Skotch Kooler USA which is reproducing them and they have a tiny bit of info on the company - https://skotchkoolerusa.com/pages/our-story.