This first came into my life, nearly 60 years ago, I know it came from the Kroger store in Lapeer Michigan, I am unsure if my mother or my grandmother bought it. Name mugs were on an end-cap, ground zero for impulse buys and for children to pitch an "I wana" fit.
It is relic, an artifact of my childhood. I remember using it as a child, probably filled with milk (shudder I can't stand the taste of milk.) It is surprising that it survived, but it did. Using a jewelers loop and looking closely the design and the my name are fused into the glass. If the design and name were printed on, they would have washed-worn off decades ago. Quality pays long term rewards.
I found this when I was cleaning out my father's house after his death. My mother had kept it, hung onto it, not used it. It was a tangible artifact for her, a connection to when she had a house full of young children. For me it is tangible connection to my childhood, to early memories.
What artifacts do you have around?