Items for the Well-Trained Traveler

A frisbee, a beach towel, ceramic coffee tastefully decorated with the word “Amtrak” repeated seven times, or a set of four plastic coffee mugs with photos of Amtrak locomotives are the sum and total of the souvenirs offered by this brochure. All were inexpensive (double prices to get today’s dollars) but were also cheaply made (no doubt made in some Asian country).

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The brochure comes complete with a mail-in order form, so the listed prices apparently included shipping. The word Frisbee is trademarked by the Wham-O corporation, but it did not do much to defend its trademark. As this brochure puts the word frisbee in quotation marks, I suspect that, though Amtrak used the name, it didn’t actually buy its flying disks from Wham-O and thus was carelessly violating the company’s trademark.


Items for the Well-Trained Traveler — 1 Comment

  1. In Amtrak’s defence, they only wrote “standard “frisbee” size”, and never said they were selling anything but a flying saucer. They probably should have capitalized the name and put a trademark seal after it, but I don’t think they were trying to pass the saucer off as a genuine Frisbee.

    Regards, Jim

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