Welcome to Mugspotters. This is an intimate webspace dedicated to & celebrating the much-maligned world of Trade Mugs which are often given-away, discarded, ill-treated and lucky if they reach the giddy status of 'Emergency Mug' in the domestic arena. We aim to share our love of such artefacts via the world-wide web and carefully selected social media outlets. If you too share our love, we'd appreciate your thoughts and kind comments.
On first sight, apart from not having the faintest idea what this brand is, it took me a few attempts to actually pronounce it!
This plunging red-on-white marrow features a pleasing reverse teardrop/eliptical logo atop the brand. The Dako Company are an an Agilent Technologies Company. Hospitals and research laboratories worldwide using Agilent’s Dako reagents, instruments, software and expertise to make accurate tissue-based diagnoses and determine the most effective treatment for cancer patients. Their website says “Our mission is to fight cancer!”
There’s not much more to add than to say this is utterly vital and critical work which is worth raising a mug to.
Anyone whose offspring has been on a PGL break will be familiar with this phenomenon.
What does PGL stand for? The official web definition is “PGL Travel Ltd. is a company established in 1957 by Peter Gordon Lawrence and is a provider of school activity courses and summer camps… “
Although folklore and playground defiance have translated it into simply: ‘Parents, Get Lost!”
Typically occurring in Year 6 of Primary school, kids are taken off for a 3 day break to some adventure camp where the order of the day is abseiling, zip-wiring, canoeing and quad biking with discos and talent shows by night.
After your 3 day break (from your child), you’ll collect them from school and invariably they will be in a cranky state due to sleep depravation and present you with an Everest-high bag of rank washing.
However, this mug is a stunner. I just love this mug.
This early example of a Lincoln (although with a sleeker handle) gives you the juxtoposition of a naff 70’s Travel Agents-style logo on one side and a fine line illustration of Boreatton Park, Shrewsbury on the other. You could argue it’s not Trade but 11 year old kids would not buy this even if it was available in their on-site gift shop.
We must assume this mug has been brought into captivity courtesy of a teacher or ex-PGL employee.
And I’m thankful they have as the world and this web site is a better place for it.
Sitting on a fence is a man who looks up to his guardian Sitting on a fence is a man who swings from poll to poll Sitting on a fence is a man who sees both sides of both sides Sitting on a fence is a man who…. is all things to all men
(Copyright: (mostly) Paul Heaton, The Housemartins: 1984)
But if that fence were treated with Cuprinol, at least he wouldn’t get splinters in his you-know-where….
Mugspotters brings you more genre-busting action shot entirely live & on location in your typical works kitchenette/beverage bay.
For your consideration, we give you – The Travel Mug.
Abandoned, alone and looking quite tame, our intrepid photographer thankfully managed to shoot this before its owner returned and before we had to face any embarrassing questions.
It’s a rare to spot such an exciting & exotic specimen in captivity. Initially we thought it was finished in a mottled green rainforest effect but upon closer inspection It turned out to be condensation on the mugs darkly tinted innards. (a bit like a busted double glazing unit)