IRELAND – Ornament

Ireland - Ornament - Harp (1)PLACE REPRESENTED: Ireland

ITEM: Ornament

NOTES: “Natural Irish Crafts”. Only the Irish could get away with sculpting something (here a Celtic harp) out of turf, or rather peat bog, and selling it to tourists.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1980s

MADE FROM: turf

MADE IN:  Ireland

MANUFACTURER: Samhain Turf

DIMENSIONS: 19cm high x 13cm wide

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RIJEKA, CROATIA – Pennant

Rejeka - penant (2)     Rejeka - penant (1)

PLACE REPRESENTED: Rijeka , Croatia

ITEM: Pennant

NOTES: A pennant from Rijeka, Croatia (then Yugoslavia) depicting two scenes from the city: The old town and the harbour. This is quite stylish in its own way.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1972

MADE FROM: cloth

MADE IN:  unknown

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 21cm long x 13cm wide

 

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PORT LINCOLN, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA – Coasters

Port Lincoln - SA - Australia - Coasters (1)PLACE REPRESENTED: Port Lincoln, South Australia , Australia

ITEM: Coasters

NOTES: A set of six coasters depicting the delights of Port Lincoln famous for its fishing and bay. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Lincoln

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1970s

MADE FROM: plastic , cork

MADE IN:  unknown

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 10cm  x 9cm each

MOUNT ISA, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA – Penant

Mount Isa - Penant (1)     Mount Isa - Penant (6)

PLACE REPRESENTED: Mt Isa, Queensland , Australia

ITEM: Pennant

NOTES: Pennants in red and blue depicting two scenes of typical Mt Isa : Lake Moondarra and the town with its mining infrastructure. Mt Isa is hot and dusty with a lot of mining which explains Lake Moondarra which is an artificial lake which supplies the town, and mines, water.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1971

MADE FROM: cloth

MADE IN:  unknown

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 26cm long x 14cm wide

SALVADOR, BRAZIL – Key Ring Holder

Salvador - Brazil - key ring (1)PLACE REPRESENTED: Salvador , Brazil

ITEM: Key Ring  Holder

NOTES: A nice little wooden key ring in the shape of a boat. The boat ropes are a nice touch though I’m not sure how long they would last in day to day use. Salvador, also known as São Salvador, Salvador de Bahia, and Salvador da Bahia is the capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia. With 2.9 million people (2013), it is the largest city proper in the Northeast Region and the 3rd-largest city proper in the country, after São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvador,_Bahia

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1990s

MADE FROM: wood

MADE IN:  unknown

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 11cm long  (including chain)

NICARAGUA – Change Wallet

Nicaragua - Change Wallet (1)PLACE REPRESENTED:   Nicaragua

ITEM: Change Wallet

NOTES: Nifty little change wallet in what looks like and feels to be leather. Well, Nicaragua is a big beef producer. They come in all sorts of colours. They look sturdy.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 2016

MADE FROM: leather

MADE IN:  Nicaragua (probably)

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 9.5cm long , 8cm tall   .

BEJING, CHINA – Nic Nac Dish

Bejing - China - plate (1)PLACE REPRESENTED: Beijing , China

ITEM: Nic Nac Dish

NOTES: Beijing. The familiar sites of Beijing, errr 20 years ago. There has been a lot of development since then. Errr, there has been a lot of development there since I started writing this entry.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1990s

MADE FROM: ceramic material

MADE IN:   Australia. Ha, just kidding. China (of course)

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 22cm long x 14cm wide x 2cm high

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CALOUNDRA, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA – Nic Nac Bowl

Dicky Beach, Caloundra - Nic Nac Bowl (1)PLACE REPRESENTED: Caloundra (specifically Dicky Beach), Queensland , Australia

ITEM: Small Nic Nac Bowl

NOTES: Subtle, with a serene Dicky Beach depicted. Dicky Beach is both a beach and suburb of the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia, located within the Caloundra urban centre. Despite the name the beach is not a nudist or naturists beach. The area was named after the iron steamboat, the SS Dicky, which ran aground during heavy seas on 12 February 1893 just in case you were wondering. The beach looks much the same …everything behind the beach doesn’t.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1920s

MADE FROM: china

MADE IN:  Bohemia (Czech Republic)

MANUFACTURER: Victoria

DIMENSIONS: 19cm long x 12cm wide x  3cm deep

Dicky Beach, Caloundra - Nic Nac Bowl (2)

AUSTRALIA – Bag

Australia - tote bag (5)PLACE REPRESENTED:   Australia

ITEM: Tote Bag

NOTES: Australia on a tote bag. At least someone had the good sense to include Tasmania, as well as other countries to the north. We are not an island. Well, we are,  but I was speaking metaphorically.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1980s

MADE FROM: material

MADE IN: unknown

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 38cm wide x 30cm high

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – Snow Globe

Buenos Aires - Snow Globe (6)PLACE REPRESENTED: Buenos Aires , Argentina

ITEM: Snow Globe

NOTES: Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina and the tango, a dance from Buenos Aires, go hand in hand. Actually the dance originated in Buenos Aires and Montevideo in Uruguay which are on either side of the River Plate about 250 km from each other.

YEAR (APPROXIMATE): 1990s

MADE FROM: glass , resin (base)

MADE IN:  unknown

MANUFACTURER: unknown

DIMENSIONS: 7cm across x 9cm high    .

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