Souvenir Pillow, T90.0037
Posted: Jan 8th, 2020 | Collection Spotlight

This week we're featuring a Canadian souvenir pillow.

Souvenir pillows were particularly popular in the mid-20th century on military bases where soldiers would often buy pillows with rhyming love poems to send to their mothers. This printed pillowcase features ten provincial crests; the Northwest Territories and the Yukon, though part of Confederation when the pillow was made, were not included. In the 2011 exhibition Cold Comfort: New and Improved Souvenirs of Canada, the TMC collaborated with DodoLab to expand the vision of Canada represented in the Museum’s historical collection of souvenir pillows.

DodoLab and visitors to the Museum created new pillows for the exhibition that represented places not previously included and contemporary social and political issues.

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