Vintage USA Map Pillow

July 03, 2012
I bought this great pillow a few years ago at a local antique shop for $20. Actually, it was a good price for all the embroidery work that went into it, but it had a couple yellow stains (which I was able to get out, YAY). It is 12" x 16".

How do I know it's vintage? First of all, hardly anyone embroiders anymore. The map only has 48 states, and the states are abreviated with the old spellings.

Here is New England and part of the Middle Atlantic States. There's a coal bucket in Pennsylvania. The Great Lakes in blue are great! There's a pine tree up in Maine.

I think that may be a pack of cigarettes in North Carolina. Virginia, is it Arlington?

Georgia peaches, Florida oranges, the Gulf of Mexico. Find your state!

Here's the Midwest. My state of Minnesota has a stick of butter. I don't know why, I thought Wisconsin was the Dairy State, but Wisconsin has cherries? Mount Rushmore is in South Dakota. Illinois has railroads.

Here's the Southwest, Arizona cactus, Texas rodeo.. I think this pillow is so fun!

Here is the Northwest. Of course Idaho potatoes. Washington apples.

California grapes for wine country. Not sure what the silverware is in Nevada for?

Anyway, I was thrilled to find this great Americana pillow for $20.

Happy 4th of July Everybody! Be safe!

Ivy and Elephants


Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Carlene referring to your pillow. Trying to think what was IDing Oregon...finally decided. We are the HazelNut or Filbert the way. I happened to find a 3 step, step ladder at my local Good WIll. It is well used, but still stands when unfolded. Funny what small things make a collector happy. (cost $2.99 w/my senior discount. Also, am on my way to put in a "fairy garden" in an old cement bowl.

  2. what a great pillow. Looks brand new. Alot of work went into that pillow. What fun for kids to see all the states and what their pictures are of. Might have them guessing some of them.

  3. That is such an interesting pillow! What an awesome find!

  4. That is a really neat pillow. Do you think the silverware in Nevada could be for all the buffets in Vegas??

  5. Ditto what Ceekay said. That was the first thing I thought of. Butter? No matter, it's a great piece of Americana!

    That was a deal of a price for your pillow. Have you seen the new pillows with just one state? I'm not sure, but I think they are like $120 or so. One of my daughters wanted one and I was shocked at the price!

  6. Hi!
    I just came to visit from Farmgirl... decided to stay and visit a while, and I'm now following you.
    I'm looking forward to reading your posts :)

    What a great find that pillow is! Glad you were able to snag it before anyone else.
    I live in Utah, and spent a lot of summers in Las Vegas, with my cousins..... so, I'm guessing that the silverware in Nevada is because Nevada is known as the Silver State :)

    Have a great 4th!

    Smiles :)

  7. Carlene, that's a vintage treasure for sure. Hang onto it! I just love those kinds of things. I would certainly pay $20 to get my hands on something like that. A cheap pillow on clearance at Target is $18. You definitely scored! I'm going to have to work to stave off my jealousy. There was a day when I might have attempted such an embroidery project. Maybe I should again. I'll pin this for future reference.

  8. I'm from Canada but I still like it - that's really nice!!

  9. I'm a little late wishing you a happy 4th! Love your pillow, it's just great. I live in VA and not sure what that is, maybe Mt. Vernon?

  10. That is a great find, love the pillow! I still love to do embroidery, I'm great at french knots… Thanks for stopping by, Laura

  11. Wonderful pillow find... so unique. Now I'm thinking I should make a Canadian version! Love it! :)

  12. This is adorable, love the vintage state plates too, and all that kitsch! I'm trying to figure out if that's a boot in Missouri? thanks for sharing this great piece!!


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