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Camel Vacuum Flask

More than half-century-old vacuum flask brand in Hong Kong.

Words / Phaedrus Lam
Illustration / Furze Chan
Translation / Ian Tsang





If I have to choose one daily product which I can associate with Hong Kong life and culture, the best answer I have certainly is Camel’s vacuum flask, which first came into being in 1940.

In old Hong Kong movies, you can often spot insulated water bottles which are bulky and colorful with floral patterns. In fact, most of them are Camel’s products. As Chinese’s older generation regard red as an auspicious color, these water bottles usually feature red as their base color, and are decorated with pictures of chrysanthemums and peonies. It is true that such overly flashy colorful combinations are too old-fashioned for the taste of the modern-age population. But in fact, Camel has also released products finished with single-color baking paint, such as these two small-sized vacuum flask shown above.

The flask on the left is an old model featuring a clean and pure style using just one color and without any inscriptions. The one on the right is a model released in recent years, which has preserved the raised grain detail common in the olden days. In terms of quality, Camel still uses double-layered glass to form the inner core of their bottles. Such technology may appear a bit dated compared with its stainless steel counterparts more commonly seen nowadays, and the glass inner core might shatter due to excessive shaking or collision. However, when it comes to insulation and durability, it performs better than its stainless steel counterpart. And in fact, it has one more hidden advantage. Glass is better than stainless steel in preserving the original flavors of drinks. Its 400 ml capacity is just enough for making a cup of tea or coffee, making it your perfect companion when you are outdoors on a winter day, walking while holding it in your hand and taking a sip from time to time.

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