Souvenir Coasters

touristcoaster
Collection
Branded
Category
Furniture
Date
c.1970s
Material
Cork, printed card
Dimensions
9.5 cm

Description

Souvenir Coasters

Provenance

Costa Blanca

Adaptions/renovations

None - good condition.

Why it's in the Collection

Resorts like Benidorm and Candia became microcosms of 1960s and 70s architecture. These souvenir coasters scream 1970s, package holiday excess and optimism. Many suitcases were crammed full of these sorts of unusual kitsch souvenirs; such as flamenco dancing girls, matador dolls and velour covered bulls that decorated living rooms around the UK and collected dust for the next twenty years or so.

The coasters coincide with when the great British holiday abroad became an affordable option for the masses. Thousands flocked to destinations like Benidorm and Candia, attracted to cheap flights and predictably warmer climes.

These items in the Lawson Park Collection reflect the popular, heavily-marketed image - or brand - of the Costa Blanca, and in a way, relate to the tourist industry here in The Lake District.