State of Maine Souvenir Ribbon Plate – And a Great History Lesson!

State of Maine Souvenir Ribbon Plate

State of Maine Souvenir Ribbon Plate

State of Maine Souvenir Ribbon Plate

State of Maine Souvenir Ribbon Plate

This lovely little souvenir map of Maine (8″ in diameter, excluding the points of the reticulation) is what was once called a ribbon plate, as one could thread ribbon in and out among the openings.

Ribbon plates were most popular from the late 1800s through early 1900s, and according to one source ( “Many of the plates from the turn of the 20th century had the inscription ‘A Present from’ followed by the place name.

The variety within this range is amazing and has revealed place names which one would never consider a commercial proposition. They must have had a special meaning at the time or they would never have been produced. Research often reveals an historical surprise.”

This plate is labeled “Made in Japan” on the reverse.  Because of a variety of laws passed by customs (with WWII having an impact on those laws), the plate is likely to have been made during 1921-1939, or after 1952.

Given the popularity of ribbon plates through about 1920 or so, it seems possible that this one is from the earlier period, or nearly 100 years old. There’s more to suggest that this plate is from the early 1900s…

For example, the town of Skowhegan is highlighted, but the much larger towns of Lewiston-Auburn aren’t on the map at all!  Old Orchard Beach and its pier are pinpointed (the original pier opened in 1898) – although both that town and Portland are misplaced on the map as being north of Brunswick.

Further, the plate highlights “Casco Castle” which was built in South Freeport in 1903.

Age & Condition:  So… it seems we have a 90+ year old plate – and it’s in pristine condition… no chips, cracks or other blemishes.

Price: $28.00.  Plus 5.5% Maine State sales tax.

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State of Maine Souvenir Ribbon Plate

State of Maine Souvenir Ribbon Plate

State of Maine Souvenir Ribbon Plate

State of Maine Souvenir Ribbon Plate


In memory of my beloved husband John K Snyder… 20 Sept 1956 – 21 Oct 2016.
He loved our shops, especially Heritage Books, Maps & Ephemera – it was his baby.

He loved me, and oh how I loved him.

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