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Drinks flasks

The vacuum flask was designed and invented by Scottish scientist Sir James Dewar in 1892. The concept waas based on one flask being placed inside another and joined at the neck. The vacuum created between the two enabled the contents to be kept either warmer or cooler than the surrounding temperature.

The vacuum or branded Thermos not only became popular for picnics, but was the staple of the motor car tourer. Ones from the twenties until the fifties were usually Bakerlite, although tin became popular post war. Inter-war ones would often be jugs with cork stoppers. By the seventies most outer casings of vacuum flasks were plastic.

Although most flasks are for drinks, wide-mouthed ones were manufactured for food and are absolutely ideal for hot - or indeed chilled - meals on the go.


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