When I saw the illustration below in my cookbook Cocina Mexicana (which I wrote about in this post).....
...it reminded me of this, which is the record sleeve from inside one of my Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass albums (see this post):
And then I became curious about these. I knew NOTHING about them whatsoever. So I Googled them, and found all sorts of examples on eBay, etc. They're really quite fabulous, aren't they?
I found the example below here:
And I found this one here:
And I found these others someplace!
Colorful and beautiful:
Since then, it seems as if I notice them everywhere! I see them in interior photos in my magazines, etc, including this picture from a Sunset Magazine article about San Francisco's Mission District. Pictured here are Gonzalo and Mia Gonzalez, owners of the Encantada Gallery Of Fine Arts, which sounds like a wonderful place to visit!
And here's one more, for good measure:
I just think they're very cool.