Monday, May 22, 2017

Tennessee Technical Institute

This week's mug is also a new addition to the collection and one which I am very excited to obtain. in recent years, Magic Mugs have changed where the entire outside of the mug is magic ink rather than just part of the design.Though this style does not allow for much creativity, it does give a spectacular color/image change. 
As you can see, the mug, when cold, appears plain black. (The inside of the mug is white and does not have thermochromatic ink on it.)  On the right side of the mug is the logo and name: "TTU Tennessee Tech University." The rest of the mug is black, with a shiny look.
When hot liquid is added to the mug, the ENTIRE MUG clears to reveal a full wrap around photo of the grounds of Tennessee Technical University.  On the left side of the mug is another instance of the TTU Logo.

This is a beautiful mug, and the color change is quick and clean.  Obviously, this comes from the local Tech University and is a retail purchase from the bookstore.


DESIGN:  Full, 3 Sided
THERMOCHROMIC: 1 Color
TYPE: Retail


Monday, May 15, 2017

Noah and the Ark

Today's mug is brand new.  Ok, so not new, but new to me and my collection.  The lovely Mrs. and I were making a stop at a local thrift store and this jumped out at me and said, "Take Me Home!"  

The design is a full wrap around design showing Noah's Ark adrift in the big storm. Lightning flashing over head and sheets of rain almost obscure the ark itself.  There in the top center is the dove returning to the ark with news of land.  On the left is the copyright by Wondermugs USA.

When hot liquid is added, the magic really happens.  The entire design clears, including the dove! Now the sky is clear, fluffy clouds passing by.  The animals are all exiting the ark, two by two, and there is Noah, in the lower left corner supervising the offload below a beautiful rainbow. 


This mug is absolutely beautiful. The color change is near complete and the design is one of the best use of the magic ink idea I've ever seen! Most likely sold in religious book stores, or church shops, I'm hoping this is part of a series and there are others out there to find!  All in all a great addition to my collection!

DESIGN:  Full, 3 Sided
THERMOCHROMIC: 1 Color
TYPE:  Retail

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Shadow Knows

This mug comes from the reboot of the movie "The Shadow" (1994) starring Alec Baldwin as the title character. On the left side of the mug is the logo of the movie, with the character in black and white above the stylized print "The Shadow."
On the right side of the mug is a large dark oval with the phrase "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?"  Running down the side of this oval is the trademark information and copyright. "TM & © 1994 Advance Magazine Publishers, Inc. Used Under License."

When hot liquids are added to the mug, the Shadow logo fades out.  The shadow was a character from the early 1940s comics and radio who had the power 'to cloud men's minds' and this is a great use of the magic ink along those lines! 
Additionally, on the right side of the mug, the bottom of the oval clears to complete the phrase from the radio show "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow Knows."  All that's missing is an evil laugh! 

This mug ranks near the top of my favorites list.  The colors are vivid, the mug is in great shape and the color change is near perfect.

DESIGN:  2 Sided
THERMOCHROMIC: 1 Color
TYPE: Promotional

Monday, May 1, 2017

Freddie Mac Christmas

 This mug is from Freddie Mac, The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation.  On the left side of the mug is the name Freddie mack and a silhouette of a home.
 On the right side of the mug is the phrase, "The idea behind one in eight American Homes."
When hot liquids are added to the mug, the silhouette of the mug clears to reveal a Christmas wreath.

I have no history on this mug, but it is in great condition, and the color change is very good.

DESIGN:  1+ Sided
THERMOCHROMIC: 1 Color
TYPE: Promotional/Incentive

Monday, April 24, 2017

Yoyo and Hoops

This week's mug is from Hallmark, the card company, and features two characters known as Yoyo and Hoops. The two were first introduced in 2003 and have been featured on just about everything that Hallmark sells. Hoops is the pink cat and Yoyo is the green dog. The left side of the mug has the two characters standing amid a bunch of dark spots holding coffee and smoking cigarettes. Above them is the phrase. "aaaaahh"
When hot liquids are added, the dark spots reveal bubbles, stars and the phrase "liquid heaven."  I love this mug as it is new to the collection and was found in the thrift store by the lovely Mrs.  The mug is in great condition and color change is quick and complete.

DESIGN:  1 Sided
THERMOCHROMIC: 1 Color
TYPE: Retail

Monday, April 17, 2017

Wyatt Technology Corp.

This mug is from Wyatt Technology Corporation.  On the left side of the mug is a dark rectangle.  Above the rectangle is the Wyatt Technology Identifier.  Below that is the name DAWN®  and the phrase "The finest, most versatile light scattering instruments." 
On the right side of the mug, is another, larger rectangle.  Above it is a graph with the caption "GPC/SEC Chromatogram" 
When hot liquid is added to the mug, the rectangle on the left side clears to show the words "Absolute molecular weights, sizes and conformations without assumptions or column calibrations!"  
The rectangle on the right side also clears to reveal another graph with Ziman Plot at the bottom.  (I have no idea what this means, but it's a cool mug!)

The mug is near new, with a fantastic color change. I expect it may rarely have actually been used.

DESIGN:  2 Sided
THERMOCHROMIC: 1 Color
TYPE:  Advertising

Monday, April 10, 2017

CSOP

This week's mug has no history, or anything on the mug which helps me to identify who or what it is from. The design covers a full half of the mug (most designs cover only about 1/3 of a mug.) At the upper left is a set of letters like corporate initials: CSOP.  Beside it, is a string of letters which may be corporate divisions (again no history on this.) "BSOC - CBC - DSOC - DAC/FAC - RAC" Below this is a long dark ribbon, outlined in blue.  

When hot liquid is added to the cup, the ribbon clears to reveal the phrase "TOMORROW'S SERVICE OPERATIONS TODAY."  This may give us an idea that the mug was part of the operations of a corporate structure.  

The mug is in great condition, and the color change is good.  If anyone has any history to this, please email me direct.

DESIGN:  1+ Sided
THERMOCHROMIC: 1 Color
TYPE: Unknown