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NY Coffee Cup Change Purse


Over nearly half a century, New York has made the coffee-to-go cup with the customer-friendly WE ARE HAPPY TO SERVE YOU part of its culture.  Still so identified with New York, the iconic cups have become standard-issue props on TV shows and motion pictures set in the city.

Modeled closely after the original NY Coffee Cup, and featuring an accurate rendering of the Greek diner motif, this city-centric coin purse started off as an exhibit in a New York art gallery, although its origins are much humbler.  Although the Bowery had been a section of New York City where theater life flourished from about 1860 to 1875, by the 1880s it had become a sordid district.  NYC artist George Skelcher was inspired to create the purse after seeing Bowery beggars using the paper cups to panhandle for change.

Well-constructed of durable, faux-leather, the purse closes with a sturdy zipper, measures 4-inches tall, 4-inches across at top, and 2-inches deep.  

Brother, can you spare a dime?

The Anthora seems to have been here forever, as if bestowed by the gods at the city’s creation.

                 - The New York Times

NY Coffee Cup © 2020 - The Anthora design is exclusively licensed from ®Solo Cup Operating Corporation.