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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60s souvenirware

60s souvenirware60s souvenirware
made in Australia

Welcome to Laurieton, a coastal town on the north coast of NSW. Home – at least in the 60s – to bowls and pelicans!

This collection features salt and pepper shakers in the shape of – bowls- with ‘Laurieton N.S.W.’ written in gilt on the sides, and a pelican figurine [somewhat out of scale.] In the world of souvenirware- scale and technical detail wasn’t always a priority. Cheap, kitsch souvenirs that you can give away as gifts to prove you actually WERE in Laurieton was what it was all about.

Souvenirware is increasingly popular amongst collectors. Those once tacky, cheap souvenirs are having a renaissance, with kitschiness celebrated and embraced. That’s certainly why I love it.

This set is for sale; $AUD35

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50s Australiana souvenirware

Retro Australiana souvenirwareStudio Anna souvenir dishes, made in Sydney, Australia c.1953
Coronet souvenir dishes, made in Sydney, Australia c.1954

I am particularly drawn to kitsch pottery that has landscape or botanical images…souvenirware from the 50s is right up my street! I have posted Studio Anna pottery previously- you might remember that it was situated right near where I now live, in inner-Sydney.

The first three dishes- to the left of the image -are by Studio Anna; the Cornet plates are the funky blue plate with flannel flowers, and the shell-shaped dish which features a eucalypt flower. Coronet pottery was a small pottery that operated in Sydney between the wars.

The topmost dish, with a funky 50s hotel image [pool side perspective] is inscribed ‘Hayman Island’, which is a popular tourist destination in Queensland. The round, green dish under Hayman Island is inscribed “Lilac Time, Goulburn’ – a town featured recently on a silver tea strainer, and the last landscape dish is a view of ‘Hobart’. Having never been to Australia’s island state, I can’t attest to its 1950s accuracy, but it’s what I image Hobart would have [perhaps still does?] look like.

For Studio Anna collectors, Coronet enthusiasts, or souvenirware devotees – this collection is for sale: $AUD145

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Vogue tea for one!

Vogue tea cup & saucerVogue cup and saucer, made in England 1950s
ESPN tea strainer, made in Australia 1940s

This lovely pink bone china cup and saucer, made by Vogue in the 50s, was also made in powder blue and pastel yellow [who woulda thought?- it being the 50s!?!] In a nod to classic convention, the subtly scalloped edge to the cup rim and handle, and the saucer is gilt. Definitely NOT one for the dishwasher.

The cup and saucer is teamed with a silver-plated tea strainer which has ‘cosmetic wear’ [a recently learnt term- I take it to mean that the item has lived a full life.] The strainer has a rather endearing enamelled badge featuring Goulburn Courthouse [Goulburn being a regional town, south of Sydney- with the courthouse designed by the renowned Government Architect James Barnet in 1881.]

The strainer shows art deco affectations to its handles- a sign of nostalgia for the 20s when tea was drunk across the British Empire- without the reality of war. The enamelled badge marks it as souvenirware- the sort of thing to buy for Auntie Madge when making the big trip down to Goulburn.

The Vogue cup & saucer is in excellent condition, while the tea strainer has ‘cosmetic wear’. This set is for sale: $AUD65

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Retro banana vase & jug

Retro banana vase & jugBanana vase, made in Australia c.1960
Banana jug, made in Australia c.1960

I love the kitsch qualities of these pieces that celebrate all things banana. Get yourself some fake fruit – and voila! A wonderful yellow ensemble. Start your banana-themed collection today!

This set is for sale: $AUD25 [fake fruit not included…but available, fortunately, everywhere!]

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50s souvenir ware

Studio Anna souvenir dishes, made in Sydney, Australia c.1953
Coronet souvenir dishes, made in Sydney, Australia c.1954

I am particularly drawn to kitsch pottery that has landscape or botanical images…souvenir ware from the 50s is right up my street! I have posted Studio Anna pottery previously- you might remember that its pottery was situated right near where I now live, in inner-Sydney.

The first three dishes- to the left of the image -are by Studio Anna; the Cornet plates are the funky blue plate with flannel flowers, and the shell-shaped dish which features a eucalypt flower. Coronet pottery was a small pottery that operated in Sydney between the wars.

The topmost dish, with a funky 50s hotel image [pool side perspective] is inscribed ‘Hayman Island’, which is a popular tourist destination in Queensland. The round, green dish under Hayman Island is inscribed “Lilac Time, Goulburn’ – Goulburn being a small country town between Sydney and Canberra, and the last landscape dish is a view of ‘Hobart’. Having never been to Australia’s island state, I can’t attest to its 1950s accuracy, but it’s what I image Hobart would have [perhaps still does?] look like.

For Studio Anna collectors, Coronet enthusiasts, or souvenir ware devotees – this collection is for sale: $AUD145

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