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Since 1913

, the Stanley brand has been an important part of countless adventures and even more shared memories. Through the years we have received thousands of letters letting us know how much our product means to them. For many our product represents a cherished memory of a loved one who has passed or a best friend that never let them down. We are honored to be a part of our fans' lives and are hungry for more. Collected here are many of our favorite Stanley Stories. Check them out. Get inspired and share your own. Our history is yours.

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  • EXTREME DURABILITY
    I bought my Stanley 1 Qt. steel thermos in Anchorage, Alaska in 1979 at Pay-N-Save. I got used to having coffee at 165 degrees when I was outdoors at 80 degrees below zero. I took it with me to Ft. Jackson, SC(100 degrees@90%...
    I bought my Stanley 1 Qt. steel thermos in Anchorage, Alaska in 1979 at Pay-N-Save. I got used to having coffee at 165 degrees when I was outdoors at 80 degrees below zero. I took it with me to Ft. Jackson, SC(100 degrees@90% humidity(CAT-4 wetbulb)); Ft. Benning, GA(100 degrees@90% humidity(CAT-4 wetbulb)); Ft. Ord, CA(140 degrees@50% humidity(CAT-4 wetbulb) at Ft. Hunter-Liggit/Camp Roberts(Jolon,CA)); Ft. Lewis, WA(140 degrees@90% humidity(CAT-4 wetbulb) at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico/Oro Gande,TX) and Eilson AFB, Fairbanks,AK(-35 degrees). That is a 240 degrees difference in atmospheric temperature. It was run over by a M113 squad vehicle and the outer wall of the thermos dented as if it were buckled by the pressure of a thumb. I have left coffee in it long enough for the coffee oils to separate from the water and it was still over 110 degrees F. On the other hand I have known people who throw away the exact same model of thermos just because they were too lazy to clean it or were using the wrong method to clean it and the tanic acid stains did not come off. 1/4 cup of chlorine bleach(undiluted) makes it look like new in less than 10 seconds. Chlorinated Comet Cleanser will hardly touch the stains after 2 or 3 hours of serious scrubbing.
  • MY RUGGED STANLEY THERMOS
    I bought my Stanley 28 yrs ago after I met my wife. I am a truck driver so it was always with me even after it was ran over by a truck and thrown off the roof it is still working. It looks rough but it still keeps my coffee...
    I bought my Stanley 28 yrs ago after I met my wife. I am a truck driver so it was always with me even after it was ran over by a truck and thrown off the roof it is still working. It looks rough but it still keeps my coffee hot. I just got a new one from my truck driving brother in law it is really hard to let ole faithful stay home. Thank you Stanley for such a great truckers friend.
  • "There is no way I could ever tell the stories of all the dings and dents - but can tell you that it served me well, was at times useful as a tool, as a weapon, and best of all to keep my coffee hot. "

    BUILT ARMY STRONG
    I Spent 20 years with the U.S. Army, and early in my career (1981) picked up this Stanley thermos. It became as important to me as my weapon, and being in Armor - I was able to keep it onboard my tank. Well, it traveled with...
    I Spent 20 years with the U.S. Army, and early in my career (1981) picked up this Stanley thermos. It became as important to me as my weapon, and being in Armor - I was able to keep it onboard my tank. Well, it traveled with me and my crew through Kentucky, Germany, Louisiana, Germany again, Texas, Southwest Asia, Texas again, Colorado, and now is retired along with me in Ohio. What amazed people (and still does) is that I can fill my thermos up and the next night it is still hot. I've only placed black coffee in it, and once during Desert Storm, one of my crew decided to hide my thermos - big mistake that he never made again. (I was quite upset - and he ended up on latrine duty for his prank). I would always fill my thermos at night, so that in the morning it was nice and hot. Being on an M1 Abrams tank - we had a built in stove (the engine exhaust), so I'd use a canteen cup to warm up the water, mix in the coffee, then pour into my thermos. Over the years, this incredible thermos fell off the tank, was thrown up on top of the tank (solid steel), got run over by a jeep and was banged up in more ways than are imaginable. There is no way I could ever tell the stories of all the dings and dents - but can tell you that it served me well, was at times useful as a tool (hammer of sorts), as a weapon (used it to subdue an Iraqi POW) and best of all to keep my coffee hot. Well, thats my story - I've only one complaint and that is that the charcoal lining between the steel walls is a bit loose, but alas, a minor inconvenience as it still keeps my coffee hot, but not as long. My wife just this Christmas bought me a new Stanley Thermos - and I expect that it will keep my coffee hot the rest of my life. Thank you so much for your interest and may your thermos offer you as many memories as mine has!
  • GOING STRONG DESPITE WHATEVER IS THROWN AT IT!
    Throughout 2008 I'd seen the 'Bolt' series in various shops over the year and scoffed at the idea of needing such a monstrous drinking vessel such as the Bolt mug. I was more than happy with my Mountain...
    Throughout 2008 I'd seen the 'Bolt' series in various shops over the year and scoffed at the idea of needing such a monstrous drinking vessel such as the Bolt mug. I was more than happy with my Mountain Equipment/Aladdin/Lifeventure slim design mug. OK so I was replacing them about three times a year throughout 2006-2008, but I was using them nearly everyday and they kept my Tea warm, mostly. However on one visit to a US Military base in Germany I popped into the base PX and again saw the Bolt mug. On a whim four of us all bought a Bolt mug with the intention of using them throughout our impending operational tour of Iraq. Nearly two years on, all four of us are still in possession of our Bolts, having not needed to replace them. They havent dented, cracked, or succumbed to the abuse we have given them. Despite using them everyday for Tea or Coffee, be it in the office, or in a dusty Patrol base in the Desert, the Bolt has served us all proudly and reliably. When we pause for a break and crack the seal on the bolt open we have no fear that the brew inside is still hot. Not warm like my previous flasks/mugs, but hot! Now I have returned to what I call civilisation, I continue to use my Bolt in the office, at weekends when I'm Canoeing, and its always packed for a roadtrip. It has never failed me yet. Thank you Stanley for the Bolt.
  • COULDN'T BREAK IT, BUT I WORE MINE OUT
    For several years beginning in about 1977, I used to go sailing with a friend a lot. Getting out on Puget Sound for most of the year often meant cold, rough water and you want HOT coffee. We would stash the vacuum bottle in the...
    For several years beginning in about 1977, I used to go sailing with a friend a lot. Getting out on Puget Sound for most of the year often meant cold, rough water and you want HOT coffee. We would stash the vacuum bottle in the most secure part of the boat, belowdecks. Inevitably, we'd tack and there would be this big CRASH from below. It never seemed to matter how well we had things secured; the Sound was so rough in parts that it would knock everything loose, sooner or later. As soon as we got settled on our new tack, I'd go below and find the vacuum bottle. You know it's a bad sign when you pick it up and you can hear all the busted glass sloshing about inside. I went through four of those cheap vacuum bottles before my wife bought me that green Stanley... the one without a handle. Next time we went sailing, we tacked and there was the inevitable CRASH from below. But this time the story was different... I went below and poured us each a cup of nice steaming hot coffee. After that, we never went sailing without the Stanley. In later years, my wife and I had a pickup camper, and we went EVERYWHERE with it. Of course the Stanley went along, filled with hot coffee in the morning, and by the time we were ready to stop for lunch, the coffee was still hot. There was one time when we drove down what must have been the worst road we'd ever seen. Everything that wasn't tied down came out of the cabinets in the camper, and rolling around on the floor with all the stuff was the Stanley. Still full of hot coffee. I had to give up on mine a few months ago because the threads in the neck are just plain worn out. I've taken it to work every day for the past 30 or so years, and have gone through I think five replacement stoppers, and at least three cups. It's sitting in the garage with a brand new stopper in it, but the threads are too worn to work anymore. I bought a cheap bottle to replace it but that one only went four months before it started to leak all over inside my lunch. So I'm back with Stanley for a smaller 16-oz version. It works as great as the old one.
  • STANLEY A-944C THERMOS STILL HOT AFTER 32 YEARS
    I bought my Stanley A-944C Stainless Steel Thermos in 1978 at the age of 20 years. I used it all the time driving back and forth to Dallas, Tx from my home in Lake Jackson, Tx. I knew I could count on it to keep my coffee hot...
    I bought my Stanley A-944C Stainless Steel Thermos in 1978 at the age of 20 years. I used it all the time driving back and forth to Dallas, Tx from my home in Lake Jackson, Tx. I knew I could count on it to keep my coffee hot and ready to drink the whole trip, which lasted nearly 5 hours. I recently re-discovered my Aladdin thermos after having lost track of it for several years. On my next trip to Dallas, I filled it up with hot coffee and sure enough, when I drank the last cup pulling into the Metroplex, it was just as hot as the first cup when I left. I can't use the cup anymore because of cracks in the plastic, but the thermos has continued to be a work-horse for me for the past 32 years. Thanks for making a great product!