I've spent the last two days at a history event celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Cliff House restaurant. For the first time, my collection of souvenir china and novelties was on display.
Back in the mid-twentieth century, the Cliff House boasted the "largest gift shop in the world." Today, collecting these souvenirs can give insight into previous generations of visitors to the area (which is now a National Park site.)
Ink blotters, paperweights, ashtrays, flasks, cigarette lighters, and toy knives are some of the souvenir items... that aren't as common as they used to be.
What was the most irresistable thing that I brought?
A souvenir viewmaster from the 1940's. Kids and adults loved it!