Star Wars Burger King GlassesI was cleaning out one of our cupboards last night, wait, that's night right. I have no clue why I said "cupboard." It's a cabinet. In the kitchen. A cupboard's something Ol' Mother Hubbard had, right? Anyways, I was digging around in there and came across something that brought back a huge flood (as opposed to a small flood?) of memories: A Captain America glass. This one I actually bought probably about 5 years ago at an antique store, but it's from the early '80s I gather and you totally know the type of glass I"m talking about. Super thin quality, with a cheesy picture of characters "painted" on and wrapped around the whole glass.

I never had any of these superhero ones as a kid, though I think they were some giveaway at 7-11. But I most definitely remember going to Burger King as a kid in the late '70s/early '80s right when the original Star Wars movies were actually in theaters. This was back when collectibles weren't the merchandising juggernaut they are today. So when you could go get a Whopper and an extra large Coke with a Star Wars Collector's Glass (for just 99 cents extra!), yeah, your world just suddenly got way brighter. We used to go like every week to make sure we got all the really cool ones (like the Boba Fett and Han Solo one from "Empire Strikes Back"!). And of course my sister and I both wanted one, so our cabinets were full of dozens of different themed glasses. I loved it!

Until... news reports started all this talk about red dye in these glasses being dangerous. I don't honestly recall exactly what the issue was, but I'm sure it was related to lead paint somehow. While the reports kept going back and forth (Yes they're dangerous, no they're not), my mom wouldn't take any chances and thus... threw out every single one. Sigh. A sad day in Mudville indeed.

So when I spotted these glasses at an antique store up in New Hampshire a few year's back, I got all giddy and knew I had to have one. I would've grabbed a Star Wars one, except then I saw the Captain America one, which I never had, and just, well couldn't resist. Anyone else getting a memory rush from some horribly painted glasses?

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