The Silver Surfer Slurpee Cup

Description:

Southland Corporation’s chain of 7-Eleven convenience stores is known for proprietary products like the Big Gulp® fountain soft drinks, Big Bite® hot dogs, and Slurpee® beverages, a sweet, semi-frozen, flavored drink. 7-Eleven promoted Slurpees with limited-edition cup designs to appeal to kids and teens and to encourage repeat business. These collectible plastic cups from 1975 feature Marvel comic book characters. The 10 designs in the museum’s collection are from a total of 60 in the series and include Captain America, Red Sonja, Dr. Doom, Daredevil, Iron Fist, Falcon, The Vision, Silver Surfer, Black Panther, and Cyclops. The 12-oz. size predates the popularity of supersized (1.2 liter) drinks.

Omar Knedlik invented a machine to make frozen beverages with a slushy consistency in the late 1950s. In 1965, 7-Eleven began a licensing deal with his brand, the ICEE Company, to sell the same product under a different name. 7-Eleven has been selling Slurpees since 1967.

This plastic Slurpee cup from the 7-Eleven chain of convenience stores was produced in 1975 as one of a series featuring Marvel Comics superheroes. It shows the Silver Surfer character and this quote: AT FIRST I WAS SENT TO EARTH TO DESTROY IT . . . SENT AS THE HERALD OF GALACTUS. BUT HERE I LEARNED THAT MANKIND, THOUGH OFTEN IGNORANT, IS WORTHY OF LIFE . . . WORTHY OF THE FRIENDSHIP OF THE SILVER SURFER!

Date Made: 1975

Maker: Southland Corporation

Subject: Comics

Subject:

See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Entertainment, Food, FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000

Exhibition: Food: Transforming the American Table

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2012.0040.09Catalog Number: 2012.0040.09Accession Number: 2012.0040

Object Name: cup

Physical Description: plastic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 5 in x 3 1/4 in; 12.7 cm x 8.255 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-5bae-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1419365

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