Most noteworthy, this is an original Route 66 Indian Burnell’s Jewelry catalog from the 1930’s. The 1930’s and 1940’s were the heyday of introducing Americans to the wild West. The West becomes accessible via the railways and the advent of highways. As a result, the West becomes tangible with souvenirs featuring Indian head profiles, arrows, whirling logs, etc. Albuquerque, New Mexico was the center of manufacturing for these stamped and pressed trinkets. These items are offered at trading posts and other curio shops on Route 66 during the golden age of travel. Consequently, this Burnell’s catalog includes images of “Indian-made bracelets” and “Indian-made rings.” In addition, this catalog displays other offerings such as pottery and textiles from the wild West.
Most relevant, this catalog is a time capsule of the Route 66 Indian Jewelry and accessories. To view another catalog of intriguing items from the old West, click HERE! These catalogs give you a glimpse of Southwestern souvenirs that travelers could take home as a tangible link to the old West. We sell these souvenirs on this website, as well as at our brick and mortar location in Tucson, Arizona at the American Antique Mall.
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