I've been gathering ("collecting" would be far too purposeful and organized a word for it) mismatched bits of transferware, against the day when the dishes we've been using are due to be retired. No particular theme as far as color or pattern, just things that i spot and decide i rather like... with bonus points awarded for strange or locally significant subjects - for instance, i bought a plate that has a somewhat cheesy-touristy image of Luray Caverns, done in a beautiful purple. I added a few more pieces this weekend: a butter plate from the nearly-deserted flea market, and two dinner plates from a local thrift store.
The dinner plates scored on the local interest front: both feature more-or-less local Catholic churches dedicated to Saint Ignatius (the spouse said he's pretty sure that at least one of his sisters was married in the church shown on the plate on the right).
They look like the sort of thing that was probably custom produced in a small run to be sold as a fundraiser. Curiously, though the plates have the same raised floral border, they're slightly different sizes. The marks on the back and the glaze vary between the two as well. One of them is dated 1966. The other, while it has information on the back about the church building, has no marks at all from the manufacturer.