English scientist James Dewar invented vacuum bottle technology in 1892 to solve the problem of keeping gasses cold enough to remain liquid while he studied their properties. By sealing one glass bottle within another and removing the air between, Dewar created the first vacuum bottle, but failed to patent his invention. In 1907, the American Thermos Bottle Co. of Brooklyn acquired the patent and brand name of Thermos GmBH, the German company that had found a commerical market for vacuum bottles. The chief American competitor forThermos was Aladdin Industries, founded in 1919 as a subsidiary of the Mantle Lamp Company of America to market its insulated products. This Aladdin vacuum bottle is printed with type of plaid design made popular on picnic coolers and other related products. From tailgate parties to picnics, from the beach to camping excursions, vacuum bottles have been part of American family life and play for more than a century.