Scope and Contents
Collection consists of placemats and coasters with advertising from a variety of restaurants, including Burger King, McDonalds, Denny's, International House of Pancakes, Bob Evans, Waffle House, gambling casinos, motels, and hotels. Travel and tourism are a general theme of the collection. The state of Nevada is especially emphasized with several placemats advertising hotels and casinos in Las Vegas. The United States Bicentennial is also emphasized. The placemats contain such subjects as plants, games, horoscopes, the metric system, world's fairs, and barns. There are also various illustrations of outdoor scenes.
Series 1, Placemats, 1961-2007, undated, forms the majority of the materials in this collection. The materials are arranged into two subseries. The first subseries are placemats from eating establishments. The second subseries include materials that cannot be identified by a company or whose primary business is not as an eating establishment.
Subseries 1, Restaurants, 1966-2007, undated, include materials primarily from restaurants but also from cafes, delis, take outs and inns. There are a number of placemats from well known chain restaurants as well as small local establishments primarily located in the United States. The materials are arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the company.
Subseries 2, Subjects, 1961-1989, undated, include placemats that were created to be informative or to celebrate events. These materials were probably purchased by some eating establishments and used once the company's name was printed on the placemat. Some of the placemats were used in hotels, casinos, airplanes or other places that food was served. The materials are arranged in alphabetical order by subject.
Series 2, Other Materials, undated, includes other forms of advertisements used primarily by restaurants and some hotels to communicate to the public the products and services the company offered. The materials are arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the company.