In my last blog I introduced the topic, “illustrations of the holiday season” in books and other Crystal Bridges Library materials. This blog continues with a few additional examples.
First, from the American Artists Group, a company specializing in greeting cards many of you might recall from your childhood. Started in 1935, The AAG produced sample albums with hundreds of originally designed “tipped-in” (glued down by only a narrow strip.) cards from over 400 American artists; including, in this 1938 album, a few represented in Crystal Bridges art collection, including Rockwell Kent, Thomas Hart Benton, and John Steuart Curry.
I remember my parents special ordering from the AAG, and I certainly can visualize several of the Christmas scene images which have been printed on their cards throughout the years. Interetsingly, it was not uncommon for families to keep scrap albums of holiday cards. See American Artists Group Vintage Cards for additional examples.
Upon hearing that I was blogging about vintage holiday cards, one of our Library Guides and a strong library supporter, Emily Douglas, showed up at the Library with a collection of her personal Christmas cards. I was delighted she was sharing this special collection with me.
Also among Emily’s treasures are two charming early 1900s gift books, “Hollie Berries,” from the company Cupples and Leon of New York, and “A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from your teacher.”