Holiday Cards

This year the American Antiquarian Society has issued a set of five holiday cards featuring images from the works of the McLoughlin Brothers publishing firm to coincide with the AAS exhibition Radiant with Color & Art: McLoughlin Brothers and the Business of Picture Books, 1858-1920, opening at the Grolier Club in New York on December 6, 2017. The cards are blank inside and feature a short description on the back explaining the scene and its connection to AAS. Envelopes are included.

We are pleased to be offering these cards in sets of 10 for $15 per set.

Cards are available for purchase at Antiquarian Hall (185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA) or online using the order links below. All orders will be mailed out USPS priority and charged a $7 shipping and handling fee.

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ABC Santa

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Busy Santa

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Chimney Letters

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About the Images

ABC Santa - Christmas Alphabet, a holiday-themed ABC book, was written by poet Carolyn Wells for the children’s periodical The Youth’s Companion. In 1899, it was republished by McLoughlin Brothers in New York.

Busy Santa - In this original watercolor, a busy Santa sits at his desk recording the status of boys and girls in a large ledger book. The image was reproduced using chromolithography in the McLoughlin Brothers holiday picture book Kriss Kringle in 1897.

Chimney Letters - The chromolithographed illustration “Sending Letters to Saint Nicholas” appears in A Visit from Santa Claus, published by McLoughlin Brothers in New York in 1901. The tradition of placing letters in the fire and having them “delivered” to Santa in the smoke going up the chimney originated in England and was also practiced in American homes.

Dickens - The watercolor “Mr. Pickwick at Manor Farm” is part of the McLoughlin Brothers art archive housed at AAS and was used to illustrate a compilation of Charles Dickens’s tales entitled Stories of Christmas Time, circa 1900. The design is based on an illustration by Halbot Knight Browne that appeared in the original serialized version of The Pickwick Papers in London in 1836.

Snowman - This watercolor of children building a snowman was created around 1900 by illustrator Chester Loomis for McLoughlin Brothers.

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