Just a few of the many souvenir spoons that have been collected by Joyce and members of her family. This is one of those things that kind of makes me say – “What were they thinking?”. So, what exactly was the idea when people started making tiny spoons as something to sell as a remembrance of a visit to someplace different? Why exactly do I want a little spoon? Then again, other options like plates, shot glasses, beer mugs, etc. I suppose are no less practical but how did they get started with spoons?
I found an article on the Georgia Public Broadcasting website from a show they did on these spoons – History Of Souvenir Spoons. It explains that commemorative spoons date back to the 1800’s and became very popular around 1890 but it doesn’t really explain the why of spoons. It did say that this started with wealthy silversmiths using the spoons to create an image of some location they visited on their travels. I suppose the large surface of the handle and the spoon gave them more space to work with as opposed to a knife or fork.
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