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American Christmas cards, 1900-1960

Author: Kenneth L Ames; Caitlin Dover; Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture.
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Bard Graduate Center, Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture ; New Haven [Conn.] : Distributed by Yale University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Christmas cards have been called 'little messengers of good will, ' but that charming description over-simplifies these complicated artifacts, which were once central features of an almost compulsory seasonal ritual of exchange in the United States. These small bits of paper or cardstock feature combinations of words and images intended to convey both greetings and feelings. Words were an essential part of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Ausstellung
Exhibition catalogs
History
Exhibitions
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth L Ames; Caitlin Dover; Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture.
ISBN: 9780300176872 0300176872
OCLC Number: 711045511
Notes: Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, New York, NY, Sept. 27, 2011-Dec. 31, 2011.
Description: 260 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Christmas cards in America --
Cards of the nineteenth century --
Christmas postcards --
Calling cards --
Shrines --
Winter --
Candles --
Poinsettias --
Three kings --
Travel by coach --
Ships --
Medieval revels --
Houses and homes --
Hearths --
Music --
Couples --
Visiting --
Santa and the children --
Christmas trees --
Christian Christmas --
Churches --
Family photographs --
Warm places --
Cute --
Humor --
Business.
Responsibility: Kenneth L. Ames, editor and curator of the Focus Gallery exhibition ; with contributions by BGC Graduate Students, Caitlin Dover [and others].

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The power of Christmas derives from the appeal of its repeated rituals, and the presumed antiquity of its traditions. Christmas cards seemed inevitable, but in years the genre has been visibly in  Read more...

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