Buck — who had no formal training in art — opted for a Grecian-looking cup because so many of the city’s diners and coffee shops were owned by Greeks back in the ’60s. The cup’s friendly inscription (“WE ARE HAPPY TO SERVE YOU”) in Classical script is perhaps its most identifying trait. He made no royalties on his design for the Sherri Cup company, where he was a director of marketing at the time, but he did profit off of the increase in sales.
As Serious Eats noted last June, Anthora sightings have become increasingly rare in recent years, with the cups being replaced by random misprints. If that has you worried, you can buy them in bulk ($69 for 200 cups and lids) here. Or you can opt for a piece of ceramic homage. Either way, we think the news of Buck’s passing warrants a ceremonial coffee pour.