Leslie Buck

Leslie Buck passed away this week at the age of 87. Born in 1922 in what was then Czechoslovakia, he survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald, where his parents were killed, and came to New York after the war. He started a paper goods company with his brother Eugene and in the 1960′s set out to corner the city’s hot cup market. Since so many of the city’s diners were owned by Greeks, he decided to design a cup using the colors of the Greek flag. He executed the design himself, and despite his lack of formal art training, it was an instant, and enduring, success. The cup, called the Anthora, has become a design classic, with ceramic replicas being sold in the MOMA store, and has become emblematic of a certain vanishing New York. The cups sales have dropped somewhat in recent years, what with the ubiquity of Starbucks and other chains with their own cups, but over 200 million a year are still sold.

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