In the 1960s and 1970s, gas stations and other types of convenience stores often gave away promotional glasses featuring a wide array of popular subjects of the day: movie stars, superheroes and sports stars graced many releases. At the height of the Apollo program, Marathon Gas Stations offered a series of glasses featuring Apollo 11, 12, 13 and 14, plus a pitcher. The article below focuses on the glasses from Apollo 13 and 14. Thanks to Tony Boatright for allowing me to reprint it.
By Tony Boatright
Reprinted with permission
In addition to the two versions of the Apollo 11 glass (flag and moon), there are three versions of the Apollo 13 glass (four versions including a production error glass), and two versions of the Apollo 14 glass.
The first of three Apollo 13 glass versions is the one with Mattingly in the crew list, with a Lunar Module above the Moon with its descent engine firing on one side (this artwork was used again on one version of the Apollo 14 glass) and the 3-stallions artwork on the reverse side. These are very rare. I was assured by the son of a sales manager for Marathon Oil in the 1970s that these glasses never made it to the service stations for distribution. Libbey was able to recall them early enough after the crew change to ask all of the salesmen to return them in exchange for new glasses with Swigert's name. In the last twenty or so years, I've seen only four or five of the glasses on eBay or in other collectible venues.