Sydney Opera House – 70s style

Sydney Opera House souvenir plateSydney Opera House plate
made in England, 1970s

Even in the 70s we were outsourcing our souvenirware to England. This souvenir plate featuring the Sydney Opera House was made by the well known Wood & Sons in Burslem, England.

A crude sketch of the Opera House is surrounded by – the NSW Coat of Arms at the top, and a repeated flora motif around the edge. And that motif is surrounded by a ubiquitous 70s graphic. Everything is mission brown – so 70s! – and very busy. In the 70s you got a lot of bang for your buck.

The back of the plate is no different. A huge scroll of text describes the Opera House—size, position, etc, etc – and then this extraordinary [and completely ridiculous] statement:

“New South Wales proudly claims that this magnificent structure is among the greatest ever created in the history of mankind.”

The 70s! gotta love it! It was the greatest decade ever created.

This plate is for sale: $AUD45

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2 thoughts on “Sydney Opera House – 70s style

  1. I like the Sidney Opera, its a very interesting piece of modern architecture, but surrounding it with flowers like this – hmm…
    In it genre (tourist kitsch) this is not so bad 🙂

    • hey nannus – i hear you. the sydney opera house is one of the modern wonders of the world= but what an awful rendition on this plate. and then to surround it will flowers! but, really, that was the 70s~ the decade that design forgot.

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