New York World's Fair souvenir hot pad
Overall: 9 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. (24.8 x 17.1 cm)
Marked "SAYFORD CO BROOKLYN" in upper left corner corner.
New York World's Fair 1939 souvenir hot pad, with "NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR" in banner; central image of trylon and perisphere, surrounded by images of the Ford Building, Federal Building, New York State Exhibit and Amphitheatre, and Railroad Exhibit. Rectangular 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
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