A tablecloth map of California was a great souvenir brought back to Ohio in the early ‚Äò50s. This was a visual aid under coffee and cake, sharing road trip stories. Rarely did these table clothes survive food stains. A tag sale find buried in a stack of linens.
I used to collect so many of these, the California ones being my favorite as it’s my favorite state. I stopped collecting them though as most of them were bridge table size like this one and it used to take 2 to 4 of them to cover a table and I got sick of my dining room looking like a thrift shop.
I always love seeing what subjects they chose to do a large illustration of in all the corners. I see the Mexican musician, the Santa Barbara Mission, the state capital (I think) and I can’t quite make out what’s in the top left-hand corner. My favorite is when one of the corners contained a movie director.
What a fun item! I grew up with these sorts of tablecloths.
The corner illustration is a fella’ taking a siesta wearing in full attire. Rarely can I find a tablecloth in great condition with a map motif. In fact, this is the only one I have. Along the way I have found a hanki or scrarf. What treasures!