Monday, September 21, 2009

Something To Show You--Annie Laura

Annie Laura State Pin Dishes

I know, I know, you have been wondering what I have been doing. I tried to think of exactly what I have been doing, but honestly I know I have been busy--but just what I have accomplished--I don't have a clue.
So I decided that I would share one of my collections with you. These are Annie Laura Pin Trays.

The picture above is my collection of them that I have in my extra bedroom. I think (I started indexing them and got tired of doing it) that I have every state except Hawaii. My collection started when David and I were visiting in Illinois. I went antiquing and found a Mississippi one. The lady asked me if I collected them and I said no, I just thought it would be cool to bring home a MS souvenir from Illinois. She then said well there is a whole world of people out there who do. I never thought anything else about it until one day on a whim I eBayed them and the rest is history. I just went nuts.

This is a close-up. I can really only find out very little about them but here is what I know. Seems the lady "Annie Laura" started this while her husband was away in the Korean war and she made quite a good business out of it.
Each one has a sticker on the back, a star with the year that the state joined the union inside the star and each one is signed on the back. Each state has flower, bird and significant place edition. For instance my MS one has a magnolia on it and "Natchez" on it. I have only found one MS, I have been unable to find the state bird on any other significant place--like our capital, Jackson.
I haven't bought any in quite awhile, because I haven't found any that I don't already have.
I have them in alphabetical order on the shelves.
I would love to hear from anybody out there who collects these dishes.


DUTA said...

That's a wonderful collection you've got there. The pin-trays are a real treasure!

Camellia said...

oh, I hate to see little charming dishes like that. And once I found an album of cigar stamp birds. OH NO. If they had been inexpensive, I would have been lost.

Your collection is lovely.

a painter said...

I love those! I have to admit that I had not seen them before. They are so charming--what a great collection!

I do not know what I am doing either! LOL!

Kate Spike and Her KatS said...

It's so much fun to gather a collection a little bit at a time! The little dishes are so sweet--in all my travels, I don't think I've ever run across one of them. Since I'm also in Mississippi I will be on the lookout for you for others OTHER THAN the Natchez one (I think that's a bad grammar sentence but oh well). What other interesting collections do you have, Ms. Angel?

Annette said...

Oooooh, I love them. That's a great collection!

Keetha said...

How cool is that? I've never heard of these dishes before! Great collection.

white o'morn cottage said...

lovely little dishes. I had never seen them before. Delightful!

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