4: Commemoratives and Souvenirs

c. 1925 – c. 1970


Decorative plates and cups were frequently created to celebrate special events, from World’s Fairs to British royal weddings.  Many plates were commissioned by specific groups, including churches and universities, as fund-raisers which also cultivated the loyalty of their members or graduates.  In addition, the rise of an American middle class with time for travel led to an entire industry based upon souvenirs of tourist destinations.

Gallery of Images

All patterns are by Johnson Brothers unless another company name is given in parentheses. Click on an image to see an enlarged view.