40s ceramic coasters

West German ceramic coasters, 1940sWest German coasters
made in 1940s

A fantastic set of ceramic coasters- made in the 40s-depicting in sketchy form the well-known scenes of: Japan, Venice, Spain, Berlin, Paris and Mexico.

Every troupe is here:
Japanese temple & Geisha
Gondola under the Bridge of Sighs
Bull fighting
Brandenburg Gate
Eiffel Tower and cafe
Cactus and guitar playing to Senorita.

The ceramic coasters are in excellent vintage condition and are for sale : $AU60

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60s Venice

Retro Venice souvenir platesVenezia souvenirware
made in Italy, 1960s

Assiduous followers of my blog will know I am very partial to souvenirware. Especially retro, kitschy souvenirware of places I’ve visited. And studied. These plates from Venezia tick all those boxes.

It would be wonderful to be able to buy the retro souvenirware in the actual city but strangely I only ever find these plates in any city BUT the featured city. I bought these plates in a flea market in Barcelona. In Venice I found some great retro souvenirs of Rome. Maybe that’s the nature of souvenirware- it’s purchased and taken out of the country.

The two scenes show the Rialto Bridge [Ponte di Rialto] and the Doge’s Palace [Palazzo Ducale] and both hilariously feature the same gondola in the foreground. For what is a Venetian souvenir without a gondola?

The plates are for sale: $AUD40

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