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Leslie Buck, designer of iconic cup dies

Leslie Buck, Holocaust survivor and the designer behind the iconic blue coffee cups, which is familiar to all New Yorkers and “Law and Order” fans, passed away recently at the age of 87. I’m sad that I learned of him only after his death. According to his New York Times obituary, after surviving Auschwitz and Buchenwald during World War II, Mr. Buck moved to the United States and started a paper-cup manufacturing company with his brother. In the 1960s, to take advantage of the fact many of the New York City diners were Greek owned, Mr. Buck appealed to them by designing his hot-cup with Classical Greek imagery and the Greek flag’s colors, which became quickly popular with his new customers. The success of his design, called the Anthora, is even more impressive, considering that “he had no formal training in art.” A ceramic version of his cup is sold by the MoMA and has since spawned countless imitations. Thanks Mr. Buck for happily serving us all these years.

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