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Seen yesterday at the Mount Vernon gift shop. They had two identical plates that I could see- priced at $99 each.

I'm just curious, is that a fair price or a ripoff? No, I didn't buy. :)

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Yes, a ripoff. Usually those sell for under $35 each. Very common.

Of the 1939-40 souvenir plates the only two that have real value are the Charles Murphy/Homer Laughlin and the Tiffany & Co. plates.

It's funny you posted that, at my local antique mall there's the identical plate for exactly the same price and it's been there for about 5 years. :D

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The Tiffany plates you could eat off of and at times they show up in half dozen or dozen.

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The Charles Murphy/Homer Laughlin plates are plentiful but sought after by a variety of collectors.

The design, in my opinion, is just stunning. They were popular back in 1939-40 and they're still popular today.

These plates are in the collections of museums around the world, mainly for the high design.

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Definitely a nice design even without the Fair interest - the colors are wonderful.

...Must restrain self... stick to 64 Fair... it's enough...

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I lived near DC for many years and often visited Mount Vernon with school groups or with out-of-town friends. It's a great place

for many reasons. But the gift shop prices have always been incredibly high regardless of what you want to purchase. Mount Vernon

is not a national park or historic site. It is operated by a private organization, the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, and they fund

all preservation and restoration themselves. I've often figured that's why the prices are so high.

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Hi Randy, Jim, David :)

Randy, at least you did not try to buy them in NY ;)

You should get a little complimentary shovel in the grift shop I am thinking of, with which to bury yourself even deeper.

Eric

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Even at $15 I wouldn't have bought--- have never started a 39-40 collection, other than postcards. :) I was just curious how their pricing compared to the market.

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