The best travel souvenirs of all time
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By Jane Dagmi
Souvenirs not only trigger sweet travel memories, they also make great decorative accents. We're taking a look at iconic vacation mementos along with their stylish modern-day counterparts.
Nice View2 of 11
The View-Master, introduced in 1939 at the World's Fair in New York City, was originally intended as an alternative to scenic postcards. They were widely available at gift shops and scenic roadside attractions and quickly gained popularity.
Phone Home3 of 11
Stirred, Not Shaken4 of 11
In the past, restaurants and hotels decorated their cocktails with signature plastic swizzle sticks. A collection of these multicolored mini-scepters tells the story of where one wined, dined and lodged.
SHOP NOW: Vintage travel swizzle sticks, prices vary
House Special5 of 11
Upgrade a bon voyage party to first class with custom-designed stirrers. Choose airport abbreviations like LAX, CDG, BKK and MDT—guests will have a grand time guessing which airports are which. Choose from a dozen colors and two classic shapes.
SHOP NOW: Monogram Wood Stirrers, $30 (for 50)
Spring Break Special6 of 11
Most likely used for promotion, vintage travel shot glasses were an easy way to remember kicking back with a few drinks once you've returned home. Cute retro graphics enhance the appeal of these older pieces.
SHOP NOW: Vintage Niagra Falls shot glasses, $12 (set of three)
On the Rocks7 of 11
Sophisticated etched glasses and carafes, made in the USA, detail favorite towns and neighborhoods of American cities.
SHOP NOW: The Uncommon Green map glassware, $13 (11 ounce glass)
Material Whirl8 of 11
Vintage linens such as scarves, tablecloths and dishtowels, decorated with pictorial maps and state attractions, were originally used as advertising for those sates and cities. According to antique textile dealer Laura Fisher of Fisher Heritage NYC, tablecloths from Florida and California were the most plentiful, with Maine, New York City, and Texas being the hardest states to find.
SHOP NOW: Vintage Florida tablecloth (similar to shown), $62
Travel Pillow9 of 11
Cat Studio pays homage to those old colorful printed state maps with a line of hand-embroidered map pillows. Each design is enhanced with colorful thread—emphasizing the vintage style.
SHOP NOW: Cat Studio hand-embroidered pillow, $158
Postal Service10 of 11
Scenic postcards enabled travelers to inexpensively and conveniently pen short sentiments to the folks back home (or the cards were kept as mementos of a vacation).
SHOP NOW: Vintage postcards, prices vary
Got Mail11 of 11
No need to hit the road in search of the perfect postcard: Design and customize your own to send to friends and family—because sometimes it's fun just to say, "Hey."
SHOP NOW: AmazingMail postcards, $1 each
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