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New York City souvenir hot pad

Object Number: 
2008.39.1
Date: 
ca. 1939
Medium: 
Aluminum, cardboard
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. (24.8 x 17.1 cm)
Marks: 
Marked "SAYFORD CO BROOKLYN" in lower right corner.
Description: 
New York City souvenir hot pad, with images of East River with Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges; City Hall; Empire State Building; Rockefeller Center; Statue of Liberty; George Washington Bridge; S.S. Normandie and S.S. Queen Mary; Battery Park; and a view of the Manhattan skyline. Rectangular with cut corners
Gallery Label: 
During the depression era, embossed aluminum hot pads were a popular and inexpensive souvenir item. Two main producers, Sayford Co. of Brooklyn and C.A. Brewer & Sons of Chicago, are responsible for most of those produced. Images were embossed on a thin sheet of aluminum, wrapped around an asbestos core to provide protection from heat and cold, and finished with a cardboard backing. Consumers admired the "simple elegance" and "silvery beauty" of these affordable souvenirs. Due to the war effort, by 1941 aluminum was no longer available for domestic manufacturing, and production of aluminum souvenirs came to an end.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Roberta Brandes Gratz
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group