Souvenir Plates from the Fifty States
The state plates from the 50 U.S. states are charming collectibles. State plates come in small and large sizes. Some state plates are new and feature things like a tourist attraction or sports team. Many more state plates are vintage, depicting the highlights of the individual state.
The souvenir plates almost always include a well-rounded look at the state in pictures. The state name usually appears somewhere on the souvenir plate, and a grouping of these plates look great hung on the wall.
This Texas souvenir plate reads: Texas, The Lone Star State with images of the State Capitol in Austin, the state flower (a blue bonnet), a Texas long horn steer, a roadrunner, oil wells and places of interest around Texas like the San Jacinto Monument in Houston, the Alamo in San Antonio, and the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
Collect Souvenir Plates from the 50 US States
Start a Plate Collection to Display
Collecting things is fun whether it's vintage handkerchiefs or those wacky half coffee cups or state plates. When you display your collection for you, your family, and guests to see, it lets you enjoy them and shows your wonderful personality!
Souvenir state plates came about like other collectibles like postcards, thimbles, and state spoons when the United States became more mobile. People took vacations with the advent of cars and the interstate highway system, and they wanted to take home a souvenir of their travels. Now we can find these fun collectibles that are vintage and nice and kitschy!
If you don't have a collection of souvenir state plates yet, here are a few ways to find them:
- buy them on vacation
- browse antique stores
- check out thrift stores
- look on eBay (several links provided below to state plates available right now on eBay)
- ask family and friends to buy them for your on their travels
State plates can be displayed on the wall using plate hangers or in a china hutch propped up on the plate "ditch" on the shelves.
Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
Do you collect souvenir state plates?
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Read About Plates from the 50 States
- State Plates: All 50 States in Convenient Souvenir Plate Form - Mental Floss
All 50 States in Souvenir Plate Form -- You've definitely seen them: commemorative state plates featuring landmarks and slogans from a particular state. They\'re often displayed in kitchens, and the designs range from kitschy to classy to impossibly
- Ginger Geyer Studio: Birds over Borders
Racks of plates were shown in some of the shots from my Fairmont studio. They were my weird collection of souvenir plates from every state in the U.S. Been buying them at junk stores for years. Read about how Ginger Geyer took her state plates, brok
- Architectural Kitsch: What Do You Collect? | Preservation Idaho
As much as I love architecture, I also love Americana tchotchkes, especially those featuring American architecture. The mid part of the twentieth century was perhaps the height of collectible memorabilia, as the automobile made tourism and travel pop
- Idaho Meanderings: Calendar souvenir plate complements of Steunenberg Mercantile Company..... Steune
Mike tells me a friend from Colfax, WA purchased this plate about ten years ago at an antique mall in Spokane. He has been trying to get it back to Idaho ever since and finally worked a trade.
- State Plates
Souvenir state plates that date back to the 1870s are increasingly becoming more popular and are unique items to display in your home.
Michigan State Plate
Souvenir Plates from the Midwest - Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska
Celebrate your Midwest roots with a decorative state plate to display in your home! Or buy one to give to someone moving away or to one of these Midwestern states.
Read About State Souvenir Plates - and buy a few plates
Kitsch for Your Walls - Show Your Love of the 50 States
These plates include plates to eat on (well, to display) as well as license plates, which are also very collectable! Whatever kind of plate you like, you can own it for yourself!
Plate Hangers for State Plates - Hang those plates and enjoy them!
Do you have a big blank wall that's begging to be filled? How about a collection of state souvenir plates? This collection is a fun way to pick and choose what and how many to collect and display. But if it's a single plate or all 50 states, you'll need plate hangers.
These plate hangers are for large plates that measure 10 to 14 inches diameter.
Larger adhesive plate hangers.
Your Favorite Region of the United States - Pick a region, any region!
Where is your favorite U.S. state located?
Souvenir Plates from the Western States
Show your love of the Wild West with plates from these western states.
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