Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tea Time Thursday #49 and Souvenirs

Most of you know that I am a big Lincoln fan and my Jimmy is from Springfiled, Illinois...THE LAND OF LINCOLN! I found this interesting cup and saucer from New Salem, Illinois. Yes, a souvenir. I love cheesy souvenirs and I think this qualifies for just that. Poor Abe, he looks a bit stern I do believe.

Whenever I get to go back to Illinois, I love to go to all the places on the Lincoln tour. New Salem is a lovely historic park, about 20 miles outside of Springfield. It is a reconstructed village where the young Abraham Lincoln spent 6 years of his life. Volunteers dress up and enjoy telling you about life in the 1830's when Lincoln lived and worked in New Salem. I'm not sure when this teacup was sold there and I'm not sure how it migrated to Oregon, but it's in my collection now.

We all look at Mr. Lincoln on our pennies often. So what can you get for a penny anymore? The very first penny was issued in 1909. I like the graphics of this Abraham Lincoln.

I collect "smashed pennies" so that's what you can do with a penny! I bought this Penny Passport at a souvenir shop at the beach...yes, another souvenir! So, what is a smashed penny?

Many tourist places have these machines. You put in your penny and usually two quarters. You turn the crank and an imprint is stamped onto your smashed penny.

Yes, there was a machine at the wonderful Lincoln Museum in Springfield and I had to get a Lincoln image on my Lincoln penny!  The first penny I ever got was one that a favorite uncle, my Uncle Rich, gave to me when I was a little girl. It has the Lord's Prayer stamped on it and I don't know how it never got lost, but I still have it. My uncle died really young and I have always treasured it.

This is my latest addition to my collection. It's from Alaska when we were visiting earlier this summer.

Maybe it would be fun to put together a bracelet like this one!  I love bracelets.

Happy Tea Time Thursday and happy souvenir gathering and hunting. I know this is a little different than most of my Tea Time Thursday posts, but I had fun with it.


Micupoftea said...

Hi Linda- what a fun post! I am a Lincoln fan, too. LOVE the bracelet made with flattened pennies. I have a friend who collects these pennies, but since her hubby won't travel she asks me to collect them for her when my family travels. What an interesting cup and saucer you found. I would love to visit Salem. Have a great weekend, my friend :)

mamasmercantile said...

What fun and brought back loads of memories from visits to America with my daughters as children. Where ever we went they collected a penny great fun. Loved the Lincoln cup and saucer. Have a great week.

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: fabulous cup and saucer with the image of Lincoln. I like pictures of Illinois much. Great place. I love bracelets with coins. Keep in touch

Bernideen said...

What a sweet and educational posting!

kitty said...

I never knew about smashed pennies, Linda, but I like your idea about collecting them. Isn't that bracelet pretty?? I enjoyed reading your post and learning something along the way.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Linda,
I never heard of a smashed penny before but then I'm a Canadian. We no longer have pennies here. They stopped production a year or two ago.
My youngest son lives in IL. I don't know whether he has visited the museum or not. Your Abe cup and saucer is a wonderful treasure!
You asked about the kind of apples I use. I like Granny Smith and Cortland to bake with. Hope you try the cake. Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by.


Ruth Weston said...

How very fun and so interesting! I love all things Lincoln and have an old book that my mother had as a child of Lincoln Lore. Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Tierney Hogan said...

Great post Linda, your blog is so beautiful!

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

I love all of the Lincoln things......that bracelet is the cutest! I love the cabin! What a great find in the cup and saucer! I would love to visit that area!