Nestled in a picture-perfect valley in Massachusetts’ Berkshire Mountains, the sleepy burgh of Great Barrington presumably looks a lot like it did in 1913. Back then, William Stanley, Jr., was just an ordinary resident trying to devise a way to keep his coffee cold in the frigid New England winters.
Now, the company “Grandpa” founded is turning 100, and like the town in which it was conceived, 2013′s Stanley 100th Anniversary commemorative collection maintains a timeless aesthetic while incorporating some subtle updates.
The classic vacuum Thermos is available in its original metallic green, sized either 1.1 or 1.4 quarts ($40-44 USD, respectively). Emulating that design is a travel mug ($30), ideal for the morning commute. Our favorite piece, though, is the industrial 8oz flask ($28), which is wrought from stainless steel to prevent sickly post-alcohol odors. The wide-mouth opening makes it a cinch to fill with your spirit of choice (no matter how much your hand is shaking.) It’s exactly the sort of thing that you’d expect to find in a welder’s tin lunchpail in the middle of winter.
You can grab a piece of functional, BPA-free Stanley history at the brand’s webstore.