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Salisbury, Maryland: Vintage Placemats Exhibit

Colorful paper restaurant placemats from the 1950s and '60s. Examples feature everything from whacky trivia to long-lost attractions and eateries. One exclaims, "Eating out is fun!"

Salisbury University

1101 Camden Ave., Salisbury, MD
Salisbury University. In the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons, on the fourth floor.
M 10-6, Tu-F 10-4:30, Sa 10-2 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Placemat Exhibit

Salisbury University's Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture pays homage to the disposable paper placemat with a colorful exhibit of samples from the 1950s and '60s. Examples span the U.S. and include everything from generic themes (Baseball Hall of Fame quiz, wacky laws) to regional attractions (Florida, Ohio, etc.) to bygone restaurants. One of them exclaims, "Eating out is fun!" -- a fitting sentiment for the memories evoked by the display.

[Jason Rhodes, 03/14/2019]

Placemats were welcome distractions in the Dark Ages before smartphones.

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