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Posted Sun Sep 11, 2011, 1:15pm
Subject: Victor coffee mugs--Yes!
 

In all my years of coffee enjoyment and discovery, I made one of my more exciting discoveries a couple weeks ago: Victor coffee mugs.

They have an intriguing history (bits and pieces online). Those of you who are a generation (or two) older than I are more likely to know about them. I had an interesting discovery of them while visiting a (vacant) relative's house. From the moment I picked up one of them and then used it, I knew there was something special about them.

The thickness is incomparable, the weight is amazing (1 pound, 4.75 ounces!!). The capacity is perfect for my use (6 ounces with a touch of room, 7 to the absolute rim). They appear almost as large as a typical mug, but because of their thickness, the capacity is what it is.

High-five to those of you who've known for about these incomparable mugs for a long time. And for those of you who, like me, had never heard of these mugs until recently--and you like their parameters--get in on them!

I've found my end-all everyday coffee mugs! Their practicality, weight, thickness, and rich history make them, for me, a really exciting find.


P.S. There are more "victor" imitations than there are authentic ones, which are no longer made. Learn how to distinguish the authentic from the imitators.

 
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Posted Mon Sep 12, 2011, 4:20pm
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Can you post a picture of one?

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Posted Mon Sep 12, 2011, 5:17pm
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Your post brings back memories. I live a 30 min drive away from the Victor Insulator factory. Thirty years ago a friend took me out there on a Sunday in October. One could walk around in the back lot and rummage through giant heaps of discarded ceramics. With persistence, every once in a while you'd find a Victor mug in good condition, except perhaps for a tiny cosmetic imperfection. We rescued about 15 good mugs in an hour and brought them home, proud souvenirs of a fun afternoon.

But I gave all them away years later -- they were too thick and clunky. I prefer a lighter, more graceful mug!  :)

 
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Posted Mon Sep 12, 2011, 5:49pm
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Victor stature

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Posted Mon Sep 12, 2011, 5:50pm
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Victor imprint

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Posted Mon Sep 12, 2011, 5:55pm
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andys Said:

Your post brings back memories. I live a 30 min drive away from the Victor Insulator factory. Thirty years ago a friend took me out there on a Sunday in October. One could walk around in the back lot and rummage through giant heaps of discarded ceramics. With persistence, every once in a while you'd find a Victor mug in good condition, except perhaps for a tiny cosmetic imperfection. We rescued about 15 good mugs in an hour and brought them home, proud souvenirs of a fun afternoon.

But I gave all them away years later -- they were too thick and clunky. I prefer a lighter, more graceful mug!  :)

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Andy,

Funny--I read a very similar story online about people rummaging around back there!

You're right about the weight and thickness: they are incomparably thick and heavy (1 1/4 pound). I think ergonomics are a big part of enjoying a mug or glass. But ergonomics are definitely a subjective preference. And these I  r e a l l y  like!

. . . but then perhaps my dainty Bodum Mezzo Veneziano would be better suited for a CR or a Central!

 
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Posted Mon Sep 12, 2011, 6:12pm
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Starting lineup

Unfortunately one didn't survive the shipping. However, it now serves as a great shaving mug!

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Posted Mon Sep 12, 2011, 7:21pm
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Thanks for the pics!

Len

 
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Posted Tue Sep 13, 2011, 9:41am
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I love the picture of the mug next to the cassette tape (now that screams of an era gone by).

I have a couple of the hugely thick Intelly mugs and like them quite a bit.  Perhaps "too thick" for some.

I find myself preferring a mug with a turned out lip, flat sides seem to always drip and run for me.

Either way, I may just drop a few bucks for some these, just for fun.

I'm the kind of guy that can't walk past any coffee mug without picking it up and testing its feel and weight.  Its how I found the ones I adore...

 
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Posted Tue Sep 13, 2011, 5:38pm
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You stated in the OP that there are no authentic ones made anymore. So does that mean you can't purchase them anymore? I feel like I need to have one now!
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