A Welcoming Pineapple
May 29, 2010
A metallic pineapple bookmark, with an explanatory card, from the USA:
The pineapple has been a symbol of hospitality since the days of the early American colonies. The legend began with the sea captains of New England, who sailed to the Caribbean Islands and returned to the colonies with exotic fruits and spices. When clipper ships returned o port, their families would spear a precious pineapple on their iron gate post as a common symbol to welcome friends and neighbors into their homes to celebrate the safe return of the captain and crew. The pineapple was an invitation for them to visit, share his food, and listen to the tales of their voyage…
Over time, colonial Innkeepers added the pineapple to their signs. To this day the pineapple is still a symbol of hospitality.
Thanks to my aunt for this bookmark!