Dargaville tegestologist, Barry Jones, began collecting coasters in the 1960s and the hobby resulted in accumulating more than 1,000 items and a tremendous sense of pride — now they are for sale.
The cardboard coasters, or beer mats as they are often referred, are designed to sit between a cold glass or hot cup and a table to absorb moisture and protect the surface and are still in use today.
They provide a popular marketing medium for hotels, motels, bars and restaurants.
The branded items in Barry’s collection have originated in many countries around the world, several arriving from friends and clients on overseas holidays. Now Barry has mounted the coasters, 50 at a time, onto a framed display board protected with acrylic, and offering them to individuals for bar areas and hotel or sports club bars.
“Displays like this create interesting conversations as people recognise various names and drinks to recall memories and anecdotal incidents,” said Barry.
The display boards are available for $80 each, which includes a donation of $10 to Dargaville Menz Shed where they have been assembled. Barry can be contacted at 027 476 7361.