Retro “Dunkies” Thermos
So I am minding my own business one night and my sweet daughter Kala and her good friend Ashley storm down the stairs into my basement with a “Surprise” for me! Excitedly, Ashley is holding something behind her back while Kala is looking onward to witness my reaction. Ashley reveals my gift and exclaims “Look what we found for you!!!” They had just arrived home from shopping a few second hand stores for articles of clothing and props for Halloween costumes and the play that Ashley is in. They paid almost nothing for it-but could not resist since ‘I gotta have my Dunkies iced coffee every day!’
A very large Dunkin’ Donuts Thermos in perfect condition! We had a good laugh and I suggested how I am going to hold onto this “artifact” because somewhere in time it will be worth a fortune! We laughed together!
I can see it now, my kids-- kids-- kids (all the way down the genealogy line of future generations to come) will find it boxed up in the back stacks of storage in the remains of this house and bring it to a traveling “Antiques Road Show” event. There, it will be broadcast on PBS as a one hit wonder and crowds will surround their colorful and gigantic pristine tubular find! They’ll wonder what it was used for and why anyone would NEED that much coffee in one day. Did people use it to bring it to their jobs or on a week’s vacation to a place that sold no coffee? Did they carry it as an accessory just in case they needed a little lift throughout their day? How long would the coffee stay hot in this tubular form and is there a microwave chip gadget inside to keep it hot? What, no buttons or wires to plug this thing into a wall—it’s not WIFI’d? Why can you not see the bottom of the mirrored inside capsule of this thing they called a “thermos”? And, if it keeps something hot, does it also have the ability to keep something cold for a long period of time?
The experts at Antiques Road Show will list a price below its picture as;
Dunkin Donuts Thermos: $10,000 - $20,000
(The standard size coffee mug was used as a size –scale comparison in this photo.)