True to its role as the center point of Washington’s architectural landmarks, the U.S. Capitol is the focus of this mid-20th century souvenir plate. The executive and judicial branches are represented by the White House and Supreme Court building. The Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, the Washington Monument, Mount Vernon, and Arlington Cemetery’s tomb of the unknown soldier round out the sites typically visited during a trip to Washington. This plate was made by the Salem China Company in Ohio, which manufactured a variety of mid-century dinnerware and souvenir pieces.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Capitol Commemorative Plate,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2006/2006-111-000/ (July 14, 2020)
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