I have a major soft spot for Americana.
It’s just so romantic.
One of my favorite pieces in our house is a 1950s Coca-Cola sign (pictured above, in my office) handed down to me from my parents, and I’m one of those people who can’t take a road trip without coming home with assorted Americana-type souvenirs. (For more of my favorite pieces around my house, click here.)
When my dad and I drove cross-country after my college graduation, for example, I came home with everything from Waffle House mugs to metal Route 66 signs to the most amazing dreamcatcher ever (it even inspired my most prominent tattoo). And when I bartended at Hogs ‘n’ Heifers, forget about it: my dorm room turned into one big mish-mosh of Coors Light neons, antlers, and mirrored bar signs.
Below, a few of my favorite prints from across the country (all via Art.com).
New England: Cape Cod Cranberries, poster.
The South: Showgirls Playing Chess, Gordon Parks, 1958.
Midwest: Soul Food Menu, poster, 1940.
Southwest: Chilli Ristra Hanging in Old Town Albuquerque, Michael DeFreitas.
Pacific Northwest: Sunlight Reflects Off The River, Charles Gurche.
On a related note, this (truly beautiful) video details how all of Art.com’s frames are handmade right here in America by local craftsmen. (If you missed the first Art.com video I posted, it’s stunning; check it out here; and click here to check out the results of my experience at art camp.)
P.S. Very soon, Art.com will be hosting a Pinterest contest with a prize of $500 to spend on the site, so be sure to click here to follow Art.com’s Pinterest page.