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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jun 30, 2009 0:53:19 GMT -6
Came across Apollo 12 and 13 Commemorative Glasses
Some friends and I went on a thrift store crawl this past weekend just to see what goodies we would come across. Not much was to be found, except on a low shelf in a thrift store I have never been in...were these short & stout drinking glasses. I thought they were 1776 Celebration Glasses, so no big deal for me. But, as I looked away, I saw a L.E.M - and discovered that it was a Apollo 12 commemorative glass! And next to it was a Apollo 13 glass as well!
There were a bunch there, but only of Apollo 12 & 13 - I snatched one of each and a friend of mine, (also an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium), grabbed two as well.
I did some research on these and a description is:
"Vintage 1970’s collectible Libby NASA Apollo 12 and 13 commemorative drinking glasses. These were originally Marathon gas station premiums. Set includes 3 Apollo 12 glasses which commemorate the “Return to the moon” on November 19, 1969 and 3 Apollo 13 glasses which commemorate the “triumph of courage, ingenuity, teamwork” of this historic flight. These measure 4 1/8 inches high and hold 12 ounces."
I understand that there are a series of glasses from Apollo 11 to 14. Not that I am a fanatic collector of space memorabilia, but it was a cool find to serendipity come across. When I was a kid, I remember I did have the Apollo Carafe:
I must have made my Dad get it for me at a Marathon Gas Station & wonder if it's in a box somewhere in the attic?
Perhaps I can have Capt. Lovell sign my Glass soon.... :-[
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