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Leslie Buck and His Lovely Cup, The Anthora: Now We Know the Provenance of our Cover Girl

The cover of today’s Times had us doing a double-take, nearly spilling, yes, our just-poured cup of coffee. There was our May-June 2009 cover girl, the sweet blue and white and gold Greek paper cup that’s so ubiquitous in hands of caffeinating commuters it’s been cast into ceramic.

As it turns out, that cup has a name: The Anthora. It also has a creator: Leslie Buck, who died on Monday at 87. Buck was a refugee from Eastern Europe during World War II, a survivor of two concentration camps who changed his name from Laszlo Buch to Leslie Buck in the States.

The story is his obituary, but also a love letter to the great Grecian container Buck designed despite no creative background for the hot cup company he worked for called Sherri Cup.

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Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.