The word souvenir in French means ‘remembrance’. Victorians were great collectors, and so most visitors to the seaside would return home with some kind of keepsake. This sparked a huge growth in the production of ‘seaside ware’ or ‘crested ware’, which was the most popular type of souvenir.They were typically small pieces of china, such as eggcups, shoes and animals, depicting memorable scenes from the town visited.
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