Sometimes this process superimposed Indian subject matter on common items, such as cookie jars, neckties, and salt-and-pepper shakers. Other times Native artists made souvenirs with materials used in traditional Native artsbasketry, beading, pottery, and weaving. Ashtrays, animal sculptures, beaded key chains, and candlesticks made from hand-dug clay proliferated along Route 66 during the 1930s.
The expensive works of Native art found in shops trailing the railroad lines fascinated tourists. Automobile tourists tended to be less affluent, and rarely could afford these pieces, and that stimulated the development of miniature versions of baskets, pottery, and weavings that the travelers-by-car could swing financially.