Christmas cards and decorations collection, 1878-ca. 1950.


Christmas cards and decorations collection, 1878-ca. 1950.

The collection includes Christmas cards, ornaments, decorations, brochures advertising Christmas lights, the "Roly-Poly Christmas Book" for 1901 (a supplement to the New York World), three photos, and a gift box. The cards are of various sorts. A few are postcards; some are trimmed with fringe; one is made to hold a coin; tucked inside another is a Santa Claus figure with a propeller that could be made to fly when the card was opened; and a couple have calendars attached. There are a few shaped cards: star, wishbone, harp, bell, fan. Some have holiday designs, and those that do not bear Christmas greetings. Two, however, contain generic greetings and may not have been Christmas cards at all. A couple of the cards are samples. Some cards are large and others are small. One group may have been homemade, as the sender's and recipient's names are cut into the paper. Some cards were printed by Raphael Tuck & Sons, S. Hildersheimer & Co., L. Prang, and others, although most were not marked with a name. The ornaments are made from tinsel, chromolithograph scraps, and various kinds of paper. Most of the ornaments appear to have been homemade, but there are some that were ready-made. The figures in one group of decorations have picks attached so they could be made to stand up if the picks were inserted into something like styrofoam. Two photographs show Christmas trees in homes; another photo shows a dining room decorated for the season.

5 boxes : ill.


SNAC Resource ID: 7155929

Winterthur Library

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S. Hildesheimer & Co. (corporateBody)

L. Prang & Co. (corporateBody)

In the 1880s, L. Prang & Co. was commissioned by W.T. Walters to prepare 116 color plates for a book on his collection of oriental ceramics. It took three artists from the firm and nearly ten years to produce the chromolithographic plates. Five hundred copies of the book, Oriental Ceramics Art, were published in 1896. From the description of Proof book, 1891. (Winterthur Library). WorldCat record id: 122555724 L. Prang & Co. made and published greeting cards for appr...

Marcus Ward & Co. (corporateBody)

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