Lobster, Fish from American Waters, Allen & Ginter, 15-Oz. Mug

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This 15-ounce mug features the Lobster from a collectible card in Allen & Ginter's 1889 Fish from American Waters series. 

Allen & Ginter, in Richmond, Virginia, created the first cigarette cards to trade or collect. Their very many series included World's Smokers, Quadrupeds, World Beauties, and even Editors of U.S. newspapers.

This mug is safe for use in dishwasher and microwave. The graphic is sublimation-printed for top quality. Made in USA.

Lobster

It's estimated that lobsters in the wild can live for 50 years. According to Wikipedia, they may possess the secret of youth, up to a point:

Research suggests that lobsters may not slow down, weaken or lose fertility with age, and that older lobsters may be more fertile than younger lobsters. This longevity may be due to telomerase, an enzyme that repairs long repetitive sections of DNA sequences at the ends of chromosomes, referred to as telomeres. Telomerase is expressed by most vertebrates during embryonic stages, but is generally absent from adult stages of life.
However, unlike most vertebrates, lobsters express telomerase as adults through most tissue, which has been suggested to be related to their longevity. Lobster longevity is limited by their size. Moulting requires metabolic energy and the larger the lobster, the more energy is needed; 10 to 15% of lobsters die of exhaustion during moulting, while in older lobsters, moulting ceases and the exoskeleton degrades or collapses entirely leading to death.

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Visit the original pixels for this Lobster at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's website.

See more fish-related Allen & Ginter art on Anomaly Panoply.