I've been collecting old souvenir plates for many years, so I thought I'd share a few here.
I especially love the look of the old transferware plates. They're really wonderful--I think.
Does anyone else collect them? They're an item you find all over the place in thrift shops and garage sales, and of course some are way better than others. Here are a few I have in my collection. (I've also put some up for sale in my shop if you're interested.)
This polychrome plate from the Grand Canyon is unmarked, but judging from the design and the rim, it's probably from the 1940s.
I love this green transferware plate. Even the edges are fabulous.
Brown transferware is a special love of mine. I live in the North Woods of Michigan, so the pine cone and pine needle rim caught my eye.
This is from the 1940 Golden Gate Expo in San Francisco. I love the deco look of this plate and I was thrilled when I found it at a garage sale. It'll be in my collection for a long time!
This is a closeup of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Love these Deco buildings and the purple elephants!
I especially look for plates from Vernon Kilns or Jonroth. Jonroth plates are the oldest, and were made in England for the US trade. Here's one:
This blue transferware is a smaller 8 inch plate. The others are the size of dinner plates.
This mauve and pastel transferware Luray Caverns plate is rare, I think (Or as rare as mass-produced souvenir plates can be.) I've never seen another one with colors like these.
I've written an article on English transferware here If you have any info to add to it, leave a comment there. I'm always happy to learn more about the things I love.
And if you have plates you would like to show here, I'm always happy to see them.