Christmas Card Showing Santa Claus and Reindeer on a Carousel, circa 1955

Summary

Mailing colorful, commercially-designed greeting cards was a 20th-century American tradition. During the holidays, friends and neighbors commonly exchanged cards wishing the recipient a merry Christmas. Santa Claus, a regular feature, is sometimes depicted non-traditionally in scenes that reflect the time. The carousel in this circa 1955 example -- a common attraction at postwar-era kiddie parks -- represents the youthful delight of the season.

Mailing colorful, commercially-designed greeting cards was a 20th-century American tradition. During the holidays, friends and neighbors commonly exchanged cards wishing the recipient a merry Christmas. Santa Claus, a regular feature, is sometimes depicted non-traditionally in scenes that reflect the time. The carousel in this circa 1955 example -- a common attraction at postwar-era kiddie parks -- represents the youthful delight of the season.

Artifact

Christmas card

Date Made

circa 1955

Creators

Christmas Starlets (Firm) 

Place of Creation

United States 

Collection Title

Greeting Card Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

84.9.1.4229

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Dorothy Guimaraes

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Printing (Process)

Color

Multicolored
Red

Dimensions

Height: 3.75 in

Width: 5.25 in

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