Monday, June 28, 2010

NY Souvenir

On Saturday a woman came into my shop looking for a souvenir scarf from the state of New York.  I pulled out a couple dozen souvenir scarves I keep behind the counter, but none were of New York, (she ended up settling for Florida and Montreal.)
I was curious what a NY scarf would feature/highlight in its graphics, so
when I got home that night I did some googling, expecting to find pages and pages of NY souvenir scarf imagery harvested from vintage websites and ebay and etsy offerings.
 I was surprised to come up with nothing. I did find some World's Fair items, and this etsy listing  for a NY CITY scarf, -and a wonderful Tammis Keefe NYC silk scarf here, but NO state scarves. Whattup?  I thought I had such great googling finesse?

The next morning, yesterday, I woke up and drove to a flea market.
Guess what I found.
Old, silk, New York, The Empire State souvenir scarf.

It's pretty great, except that the only serious damage on the map happens to be right in the mid-Hudson Valley, where I live. 
I really enjoy perusing the graphics on these scarves  (people on waterskis, factory towns, tourist attractions.....) and I have to wonder 
A)why they don't seem to make them anymore...  
B) If they made these scarves today, would Olana State Historic Site or The FASNY Museum of Firefighting be on the map?  

If you know of any current or recent souvenir scarf resources out there that I'm completely overlooking, feel free to send me the heads up.

1 comment:

carter said...

Was lost on the internet searching for some old junk story and in Google Images I found an image of the two of us at Five and Diamond and then the Greatest Junk Yard Sale ever that you put together for my would-be junky tv show. I spied among those pictures our Statue of Liberty which has been my tenant in the barn for many years. I'm up for the 4th, shall I bring her home to you? Timing seems appropriate!