Tag: souvenirs

While on the road, I always try and remember to pick up a postcard or two every place I stop. And though I've got more than I can count by now, my favorite remains this art deco number I picked up a few years ago at Carlsbad Caverns.

With minimal colors and organic, yet uncluttered lines, it portrays the majesty and scale of New Mexico's grand cave formations in a style that's unmistakably 1930s.

What I discovered much later was that this design was just one in a larger body of work commissioned by the Works Project Administration. From 1935 to 1943, the Federal Art Project hired artists to create numerous cultural and public-safety posters, which included several works encouraging citizens to visit the country's National Parks and natural wonders.

In a tangential activity that took up most of my afternoon, I perused the "By the People, For the People" archive at the Library of Congress, which holds more than 900 of the 2,000 WPA posters known to exist. ... Continued

From Dinosaurs and Robots:

Those magnetic-strip hotel card/keys are handy, and some of 'em even have nice graphics, but there was also something kind of nice about the sound of a metal key thumping against a "return postage guaranteed" piece of plastic.

I totally agree. And they make great stocking stuffers, too.

OK, I openly admit that I stole the title from Gizmodo, because frankly I don't think there's a better one.

In offering this fan-effing-tastic yellow caution sign, ThinkGeek has made me rap myself in the head repeatedly, chanting "I totally should've thought of that!" As a fan of roads, signs and road signs, I think this little guy is just brilliant.

The little stickman is infinitely posable, allowing you to warn those around you of imminent relaxing, breakdancing or standing akimbo. I just need to think of a little "gift-giving" pose, because someone's definitely getting one of these for Christmas.

In my time on the road, I've collected multiple shelf-loads of souvenirs: lacquered alligator heads, Thing shot glasses, meteorites, jugs of healing thermal water ... and lots and lots of postcards and magnets.
I've never, however, considered them photographic subject matter. Not when I've got the attractions themselves to shoot.

Photographer Michael Hughes knew better than me. Since 1999, he's been working on a series of images that not only record his worldwide travel memorabilia, but with said memorabilia substituting the monuments they depict.

Check out his Flickr set to see how the concept is more interesting than it sounds.