Largest Napkin collection-world record
set by Marilyn Boyle
South Salem, USA -- Marilyn Boyle,
70, has 6,652 paper napkins, organized in 26 alphabetized
categories, from airlines to weddings-setting the world record
for the Largest
Photo: Among the categories of
her collection are the obvious, such as baby showers, birthdays
and holidays. One of her favorite decorations is flowers,
with 815 napkins catalogued. Photo by Capi Lynn / Statesman
Boyle is thinking of creating subsets in
some categories — pansies, roses and poinsettias in flowers,
for example — "so it wouldn't take nearly as long to find
out what I have and what I don't have."
Boyle has 1,581 napkins from restaurants, the
largest category. She proudly reports that she has 68 different
The most valuable napkins in her collection
are probably the two that were given to her by a great aunt.
They are adorned with a small floral print — one purple and
the other bluish-green — and look more like sheer hankies.
Based on information from her great aunt, she estimates the
napkins are now more than 100 years old.
Others that have special value include
those that are autographed, by the likes of Gov. Tom McCall,
jazz legend Stan Kenton, and track-and-field star Renaldo
Boyle, has been collecting since second grade.
She and her sister had the urge to collect something and went
to their mother for advice.
"She gave us the idea," Boyle said, "and we went
for it." Her sister eventually gave up the hobby, but she
kept at it, through marriage, motherhood and now grandparenting.
There are napkin collectors all over the
world, including Brazil, Hungary, Romania and Turkey.
really didn't start keeping inventory until July 1963, when,
according to a handwritten chart, she had 709 napkins in her
Six years later, the collection had grown to
1,257. She has had lots of help over the years from family
members and friends, who never have to fret about finding
the perfect souvenir to bring her back. Any napkin will do.
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June 26, 2009