Drink Metric Mug

During the 1970s, after metric units of measure had been adopted in Canada and Great Britain, some people in the United States advocated adoption of the metric system. One of them was William W. K. Freeman, who owned this mug. Freeman taught at the Tower School in Marblehead, Massachusetts. In 1974, he wrote a weekly column in the Salem Gazette entitled “Metric News Notes.”
The cream-colored mug has brown text that reads: drink metric. A label next to a line near the top reads: 250mL. Below the mark text reads: american (/) national (/) metric (/) council.
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Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1975
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 9.6 cm x 11.5 cm x 8 cm; 3 25/32 in x 4 17/32 in x 3 5/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Measuring & Mapping
Science & Mathematics
Metric System
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Metric System
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of J. Chris Jurkiewicz
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