Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Vintage Thingies Thursday: Vintage Colorado Souvenirs

Welcome everyone to Vintage Thingies Thursday. If you are new to this party, please take the time to read and follow the instructions for participating in Vintage Thingies Thursday, click HERE. I try and keep things fairly simple, so please make sure you follow the instructions.

Following up from last week, I'd like to share a few of the vintage souvenir items I have collected from Colorado in the past few years. I don't consider myself a serious collector of souvenir items, but a few have found their way into our home....ahem.....well, at least I don't really go looking for these things, they sorta just find me!

This is a mining shares certificate from Cripple Creek. This is from the Acacia Burns and Morning star mines. My brother purchased this off the internet and gave it to Steve and I one year for Christmas. It is really a great piece of history from Cripple Creek. I found a great link on different certificates from the mines in the area of Cripple Creek, click HERE if interested at seeing this bit of history.

Now, if you are after souvenirs from the past....I can help you with that! This is a vintage pillow cover and I really love this piece. It is classic mid century in design and fabrics. I picked this up I am sure at an estate sale several years ago, but I don't remember what I paid for this.

I really love the verse. I used to see these more often than I do now, so I am glad I have one from this great state.

This is a old souvenir pencil....looks like a Indian tom-tom. I paid 10 cents for this at a thrift store here in Ft. Worth several years ago.

It came from Santa Claus land, which is at the base of Pikes Peak. I used to love taking my kids there when they were little. It is Christmas year around at Santa Land, and it is really a fun place to take small children.

And speaking of Pikes Peak, this is one of the few collector plates I have from Colorado. This is rather old, and the elevation is not exactly correct on this plate. The correct elevation is 14,110 ft. This error was either an oversight or the mountain grew by 10 feet! The back still has the sticker that says Victoria Ceramics ~ Japan.

This is from Central City, Colorado. I likes this plate as it had the old Opera House, and I loved the edging of the little plate itself. This is only 4 inches across in diameter.

Here is another unusual plate, I liked this one because of the edging and design too. Not only are the major tourist attractions listed on this plate, but the design is very unusual.

Here is the closeup of the yellow border, I just love it.

Lastly, is a plate from Seven Falls, which is in the Colorado Springs area, this is a small plate too, only 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

I have several other pieces, but these are the ones I call my favorites, and the oldest ones I have. I hope you enjoyed seeing them today....we are planning our trip next month to Colorado, and I can hardly wait...I need the fresh air, mountains and critters to re-energize my soul!

Have a great week everyone, hope your weekend is very enjoyable. Take care....and happy treasure hunting!

41 comments:

  1. You have some really great pieces here. I love the pillow cover and the verse. And I had to laugh over Pike's Peak growing 10 feet!!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  2. That is a nice collection of goodies. I like the pencial. I luv vintage Santa Claus items. Have a good day..Julian

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  3. Beautiful vintage plates...thanks for hosting the PAR-TAY!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  4. The pillow cover is my favorite of all. I have one from Hawaii that my dad gave my grandmother back in the 40's. He was in Hawaii about a week after Pearl Harbor.

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  5. You live in Texas and collect Colorado stuff, and I live in Illinois and collect Wisconsin stuff! It's where my husband and I want to retire some day!
    I have lots of fond memories of trips to Colorado when I was little, and have some souvenirs too, but nothing as nice as yours! I've always wanted either a Wisconsin or Illinois pillow cover like yours. You've got a great souvenir collection!
    Thanks for hosting VTT Suzanne. I've really missed it!

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  6. What great vintage souveniers. The tom tom pencil is too cute!
    Have a great day!
    *hugs*deb

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  7. Ooooo, I want to go,I want to go on the trip. Colorado is my favorite place in the whole country,I have visited several times and always said,when I could retire,there's where I wanted it to be.And in the Cripple Creek,Colorado Springs area..it's so beautiful there.
    I love everything you've shown...you have some wonderful vintage finds.
    Have a wonderful weekend..and I'm so proud you finally got your apron...I didn't know illness could throw me off quite that bad,but it did and continues to do so. I love those sweet little Sues you sent..that's my Vintage post for today.I will treasure them always. Thank you so very much..bunches of hugs.....

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  8. I've always loved those pillow covers, and once saw a quilt made of them. And the Pike's Peak Plate---memories.

    We went out to visit relatives years ago, during June Week at the AFA. Sis had met a nice young man there, and one morning we all got up before dawn (in JUNE---must have been 4 a.m.), and when the sun rose, we were seated on the ground in Garden of the Gods with our coffee, eating Rice Krispies and milk out of paper cups.

    Simple fare, and an everlasting memory.

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  9. I Love your souvenier collection, especailly the pencil. It brings back memories of being on vacation. We always picked up pencils to take back to school.

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  10. Wow those are great pieces! They are all unique like the pencil and the edging on the plate. A keeper. Happy Thursday! Mine is up!

    VTT~Old Juicer

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  11. A great collection of Colorado souvenirs! I really like the old pillow cover.
    Jane

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  12. I am just crazy about that Mining Certificate! The pillow is just wonderful too...okay it all is fantastic!

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  13. All you Colorado collection is great. The pillow brings back a lot of memories. I have had them in the past from servicemen. Also, when we were on vacation, some of the places had a pillow like yours. My shed can be cleaned up pretty quick.

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  14. It is so fun to collect items from your state. I live in Florida so there's not much variety other then seashells, flamingos, and palm trees :-) You've got a great collection.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  15. That's a fun group of thingies. I have seen some of the souvenir plates at thrift stores recently. My favorite is the Opera House plate.

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  16. I have such a special place in my heart for Colorado so I always love coming here...that pillow cover is so sweet as is the poem on it!

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  17. Oh, these all remind me so much of my youth. The pillows...my daddy brought one home from service...I wish I still had it...
    Thanks so much for hosting...
    xo bj

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  18. Hey, Suzanne! Love your new avatar!
    You've really built up a great collection; I always look for cool pens when on vacation and have a big collection. My students bring me pens from their vacations, too!

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  19. It is just me again. I just went into shock. You have added your picture. How long has it been there? If it is was before today, then I have really lost it. I am glad, and it is a cute one even with the two legged one.

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  20. What a neat collection of stuff. I had to reread that the first item was a pillow cover, I couldn't believe I was looking at fabric, the ink and text are so clear, if not for the crease in the fabric making me wonder "Wait, what is this again?" I would have sworn I was looking at an old document!

    That pencil is a hoot, I remember getting giant pencils on vacation when I was a kid and then trying foolishly to use them in school when we came back home again.

    Thanks for sharing and Happy VTT!

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  21. Love your Colorado souvenirs...cool collection.

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  22. What a great collection you've accumlated representing Colorado. It's fun to view and see all of the souviner pieces available.
    Thanks for hosting the Thrifty Thursday event. It is my first time participating, so thanks for taking the time to have such a fun party online.
    Gretchen
    http://mimitoriasdesigns.blogspot.com

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  23. Cool souvenirs from your 'heart'land! I understand your desire to get back there to breath the air of home.

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  24. Hi Suzanne! That pencil is too cute!!! The Colorado plate has such an interesting boarder.
    Happy VTT!

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  25. Love your collection of Colorado things. That pencil is just to cute! Thank you for hosting Thrifty Thursday its my very Favorite party!
    Blessings,Vicky

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  26. That is a lovely collection Suzanne and yes you will find that people will add to your collection once they know you are collecting. I particularly adore the pencil. I think your son's quilt turned out very nicely after all. The pattern was just wonderful.

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  27. Love all of it! I went on a spree of buying interesting North Carolina plates a few years back.

    I know what you mean about needing a mountain escape to re-charge.....

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  28. What great souvenirs! I found a pillow top at a yard sale this past weekend but I don't know if it is vintage or not. Glad to be back visiting all my friends.

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  29. Great collection of Colorado-ness! Love the pencil, so different! Thanks for hosting such a wonderful party!!
    http://iheartsunnydays.blogspot.com/2010/04/vintage-thingy-thursday-books.html

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  30. You have a very interesting Colorado souvenir collection. We don't have those nice souvenirs here. Happy VTT!

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  31. I love your vintage Colorado souvenirs! I especially like the pencil and the pillow is wonderful too. The poem on the pillow is great. Since I live in Idaho, I agree with every word!! Thanks Suzanne, I look forward to VTT every week!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  32. My favorite is the tom-tom pencil. That's just too cute. Lovely vintage items.

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  33. Hi Suzanne, another interesting post. I love to come and see what you are posting. I know it will be interesting and different. The plates are so terrific. they sure tell the story of Colorado. I love the pillow cover too. The mining certificate was a great gift. Especially for the Coloradolady. Smile. When you said you were going to your cabin I immediately had memories of our wonderful time there. I know you will be in Colorado heaven.

    Enjoy your day.
    Hugs, Jeanne

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  34. Suzanne, it was fun to see your vintage Colorado souvenirs. Many of my childhood family vacations were spent in Colorado and these little treasures bring back fond memories. Thanks for sharing your favorites. And thank you for hosting this fun party each week.

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  35. But of course you should have a Colorado souvenirs collection! That makes perfect sense.

    That gold mining shares certificate is just too cool. A fascinating piece of history!

    Hope you're doing better Suzanne! Drop me a line and let me know.

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  36. Love the souvenirs and your blog is beautiful and so inviting. Glad I stopped by. I love your header.

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  37. OoooWaaaa I've been so busy vintaging that I wasn't able to prepare a post till today so am sorry to see Mr Linky has closed. WOW I won't let this happen again ;) See you all next week ;))

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  38. Love the pillow case- Truly a great vintage piece!

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Suzanne

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