A thermos flask

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This flask has been with me for pretty much my whole adult life. I bought it about 23 years ago. There's a few dents and scratches and when you shake it there's a jingling sound - probably a bit of metal inside the vacuum chamber came lose but it still works absolutely fine. The first thing I did when I got it was to stick the radioactive sign on it. It looked to me like a container to carry around nuclear material safely. There was something very high tech about the stainless steel body but also something cold and technocratic.

Where and how is it used?

Whenever there's need to have a hot drink available. I use it mainly when being outdoors in winter. I never use it for coffee because it might be difficult to get rid of the flavor. It is excellent for soup as well!

What did you or someone else pay for it?

I paid about 80,- DM (remember Deutschmarks?). It was quite an investment as I had only a small income being a bookseller's apprentice. Vacuum flasks were considered a fairly high end outdoor product that only real gear heads would invest in. And they were still really expensive. Unlike nowadays where I've seen them for about 20,- €.

Why do you want to add it to the museum?

Most of all: because of it's excellent performance! It is the best flask I ever came across and over the years there has been gathering a small flock of flasks in our household. It keeps liquid hot for about one and a half days. After two days tea is still lukewarm. A miracle of flask engineering! It is way better then any branded flasks like a similar product i.e. from the american producer "aladdin". That brings me to the next point:
The other reason is it's enigmatic provenance meaning it doesn't have a brand. And without a brand there's no corporate narrative to it. Or only the narrative that I experienced and shaped carrying the thing around with me.


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