Announcing Souvenirs of “Old Ironsides”
USS Constitution’s 1927-1931 restoration in the Charlestown Navy Yard was the first 20th century drydocking of this ship. It was also the first time that souvenirs made from discarded materials from the ship were sold to the public to raise funds for repair work. These souvenirs, made from wood, copper, rope, and other materials, were sold not only to raise much needed funds, but were also part of the campaign to reestablish “Old Ironsides” as an important historic American icon. Advertisements such as this one were used by the U.S. Navy to promote a variety of souvenirs for sale, including bookends, miniature cannon, ashtrays, plaques, and more.