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By Diane Daniel, Globe Correspondent, 4/20/2003

The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, partly open to traffic, is already memorialized on a line of souvenir items.

Designer Donna Chesborough of Charleston, S.C., has created a line of hand-illustrated, black-and-white souvenir plates, mugs, and tea towels for the Museum of Fine Arts. Chesborough, who has created similar items for several US cities, teamed up with Laurie Dickson, the decorative arts buyer for the MFA gift shops, to decide which images should represent Boston.

The two women, who have not met face-to-face, talked, faxed, and e-mailed their way through the design process.

Most souvenir items are ''too touristy and dated looking'' to carry at the MFA, said Dickson, 48, of Danvers. She noted that Chesborough's design is ''much more updated. It's not your mother's souvenir plate.''

The final design includes the Boston Public Library, Symphony Hall, Fenway Park, the Boston Public Garden swan boats, the Old North Church, a hot dog cart, and the MFA. The items debuted at the MFA store for the holiday period.

The line, called ''Memories of Boston,'' has been especially popular with local architects, said Margaret Pipes, store manager at the MFA shop at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. ''They love all the buildings and the bridge, and the fact that it's black and white. It's very classic looking.''

For Dickson, who has lived in the Boston area for 17 years, ''this was a chance to participate in making something I thought reflected the true Boston. Obviously the most significant newest architectural structure in Boston is the bridge. It's going to redefine our skyline.''

This story ran on page B2 of the Boston Globe on 4/20/2003.
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