A souvenir (French, meaning remembrance or memory) is a memento, keepsake, or token of remembrance or other object a person acquires for the memories the owner then associates with it. A souvenir can be any object collected, purchased and then brought home by the traveler as a memento of a visit.
I have many such collections of souvenirs. Originally in Santa’s Land Railroad Station there was an extensive exhibit of Santa’s Land souvenirs from over the years. Sadly, during the parks dark days vandals stole or destroyed what was there. I hope to amass a collection to give to David, who rescued the park, with the hope he can reinstall the exhibit. Here is what I have, and if you wish to contribute something for this project, please let me know.
I found this jigsaw puzzle on ebay and purchased it from the original family. The woman purchased it for her son as a “Souvenir forever.” But at age 26 and across the country he told his mother it was alright to sell it. He was happy to hear it would be going back home.
called “ribbon plates,” this 8 inch plate has a number of early scenes around the park, including “Santa’s Post Office.”
a fun patch measuring 2 by 2 1/2 inches – probably for a ski jacket collection
a highly prized “cross-over” collectible is the ball-point pen with a moving Santa and Sleigh in fluid in the top section – called “Motion Floaty.” It is marked “Made in Denmark”
Souvenir spoons in the past we common souvenirs to be brought home, and often mounted on the wall in a rack for many spoons showing one’s travels
another “souvenir of the past” is this ornamental towel which is really made to be hung on the wall for display rather than for drying dishes.
I have enthusiastically collected post cards for many, many decades. Sadly people do not mail post cards any more, and they are not even made for sale in souvenir shops. These color postcards are from the 1960s, and maybe early 1970s, and all published by Forward’s Color Production in Manchester, VT.
SANTA’S colorful peppermint building welcomes everyone to the enchantment of Christmas
“Visit our glistening Christmas Tree Shop in the background, then stop at the Candy Cane Cupboard…”
“The CHRISTMAS TREE SHOP at SANTA’S LAND delights all boys and girls with a colorful pageant of Santa’s toys.”
“Come take a happy holiday ride on my Alpine Railroad … New England’s longest miniature train route…”
“The happy holiday lights are always aglow in my Christmas Tree Shop…” (above and below)
Over the past almost 20 years I have collected travel literature, maps, and brochures while on my adventures. I have them in labeled boxes so I can refer back to them to relive an old adventure, and plan new ones. The key is to occasionally go through to review what is there and make discoveries. On September 3, 2017, I made just such a discovery finding in the bottom of a box the rack cards for SANTA’S LAND from 2005, 2006 and 2007. So, here they are (on the maps, you can open up a gallery view, and then enlarge on your computer to full size) — ENJOY.
I have two different versions of the die-cut rack card with SANTA – the first is dated 2007, it is possible that the undated version is from the next year – 2008. But enjoy them both below.
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