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Pierre Toussaint (ca. 1781-1853)
Watercolor on ivory
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Marked "SAYFORD CO BROOKLYN" in upper left corner.
New York souvenir hot pad with "NEW YORK" in banner, image of Statue of Liberty, and skyline of lower Manhattan. Square with cut corners.
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.
Gift of Roberta Brandes Gratz
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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