Vintage Christmas Art: Images of Antique, Nostalgic Holiday Greetings
This is a gallery of images that show some neat old Christmas greetings from old cards and postcards. There is something very special about these older images that I just love. They seem so special in their own way. I hope you enjoy viewing them, and I would love to hear what your favorite image is if you care to share that with me.
In image 1, above, we see a Christmas card created by Louis Prang. It is so much fun with the little frogs marching along. It says on the card:
"Oh children join our merry band, and carry a banner for the good of the land. A jolly time just to remember, that Christmas comes on the 25th of December."
I just love that! This card is from the 19th century. It's so cute that one sign says, "Hurrah for Santy!"
Image 2 is so sweet; I love the what Louis Prang also did here. This is from the American Antiquarian Society, and it is a great image of 19th century art. I think it's such a pleasant and happy image. Another Christmas card by Louis Prang.
In image 3, we see a card from 1901. It is a Christmas card from Montgomerie of Dalmore House, in Stair, Scotland. It is sweet and simple and lovely, in my opinion. It is from the Robin Wilson Family archive, and it's in the public domain now by the copyright holder.
While the piece itself says J.H. Montogomerie, the source says it's from Minnie Cunningham Montgomerie. So I am including all of that here. Its beautiful and so sweet, no matter what.
Image 4. This image is a neat old winter painting of the birthplace of Gerald Ford Jr. The author is either unknown or not given for whatever reason. The home belonged to Charles Henry King, who was the father of Leslie Lynch King, who was the biological father of Gerald R. Ford, Jr. I found all of that to be so interesting to learn. The reason I share it here is that it was proposed as a front piece for the 1976 White House Christmas Card.
In image 5, we see another piece of art from Frances Brundage. It simply says, "A Merry Christmas." It is of a childlike Santa taking toys out of a Santa Claus bag. Frances Brundage lived from 1854–1937.
Image 6. Here we see a totally different looking Christmas card here. It was a piece commissioned by Henry Cole, and it is in the collection of Dr. Alan Huggins. The date for this piece is 1843, and it is by John Callcott Horsley, from London.
It's definitely not what we often think of for a Christmas piece, and it makes me wonder what the commissioner and the artist were going after. It is unique, and I love it. It says, "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you."
Image 7. This is an image from 1893, author unknown. What I do know is that it is a postcard from Florence, Italy, in the Museo San Marco. It was on sale at the Vickery Atkins and Torrey Art Gallery in San Francisco. A very beautiful angel, perfect for a Christmas card.
Merry Christmas, and Enjoy Your Christmas Cards!
It is that time of year when I am getting ready to do my own Christmas cards, and I just love that part of Christmas. I hope that sending Christmas cards through the postal service never ends, its such a joy. It is also beginning to get expensive with postage. I am trying to hold on to that as long as I can though. Merry Christmas to you!