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Vintage Christmas Art: Images of Antique, Nostalgic Holiday Greetings

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As a married mother of two, I have many things to share and have been writing online for many years.

Look over some lovely, nostalgic Christmas cards from days past.

Look over some lovely, nostalgic Christmas cards from days past.

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.

Image 1. Vintage drawing of frogs in a band playing instruments.

Image 1. Vintage drawing of frogs in a band playing instruments.

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

Image 2

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.

Image 3

Image 3

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. Montgomerie, the source says it's from Minnie Cunningham Montgomerie. So I am including all of that here. It's beautiful and so sweet, no matter what.

Image 4

Image 4

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.

Image 5. A vintage Santa drawing.

Image 5. A vintage Santa drawing.

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.

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Image 6

Image 6

Image 6. Here we see a totally different-looking Christmas card. 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

Image 7

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, it's 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!


Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on December 06, 2011:

2uesday, I also love that Florence angel, its so pretty and a work of art in itself I think. I think you are right, that things haven't changes that much in regards to the themes themselves, but how they are expressed has changed. So glad you stopped by and left a comment, thank you. :)

2uesday on December 06, 2011:

It is interesting to see how the images used for Christmas cards have changed over the years. I think the themes seem to have remained similar - apart from the frog band, but the way they are used has altered over the years. The Florence angel is my favorite.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on December 06, 2011:

Thanks so much Frogyfish! Glad you stopped by, Merry Christmas!

frogyfish from Central United States of America on December 05, 2011:

Interesting cards and information you gave about them. Nice hub to share!

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on December 02, 2011:

Thank you Steph! I am glad you stopped by and left a comment and voted up. I love the warm nostalgic feelings that often come this time of year.

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on November 30, 2011:

Simply beautiful! This hub has a Norman Rockwell feel to it. Nostalgic holiday images like these are wonderful and heartwarming. Rated up!

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on November 29, 2011:

Thank you very much, Preacherwolf! I appreciate that. :)

Preacherwolf2011 from Bloomington, Indiana on November 29, 2011:

Beautiful Hub for a wonderful season!

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on November 29, 2011:

Hello RVDaniels, thank you very much! So glad you stopped by and left a comment. :)

RVDaniels from Athens, GA on November 29, 2011:

Very very very cool. Such beautiful graphics.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on November 29, 2011:

Hi Peggy, I love that one also. Thanks for your comment and visit. :)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

My favorite was image number 2 if I had to choose just one. So very sweet! Great idea for a hub. I like those old vintage cards and postcards.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on November 29, 2011:

GmaGoldie, Thanks so much for your comment! What a neat history it sounds like you have with art and more. I think that is very special. Its good that we appreciate art and artists, and these were just such fun finds. I agree with you about the cards in the mail. People are now referring to them as paper cards...., interesting I am sure to your grown children now. Merry Christmas Gmagoldie!

Thank you, BoldBlend. :) I appreciate your comment and visit.

CMHypno, thanks so much, I totally agree with you. So glad you stopped by.

CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on November 29, 2011:

You can't beat the vintage Christmas images, as they really conjure up a cosy picture of a Victorian Christmas. Thanks for sharing these with us oceansnsunsets

TheBoldBlend on November 29, 2011:

Beautiful pics!

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on November 29, 2011:


Oh, my goodness - these are grand! I love vintage artwork. Think of the creative geniuses who crafted them and the time and effort they had to put in. I dated a great man whose father was an artist and did many of the interior images for the Chicago Tribune in that era.

With two children who are retired from the US Post Service, I am very biased but I must say that receiving a card in the mail is so special - the Internet is wonderful but not for permanent memories. To make a lasting impression, send a hand written card through the mail to your children - all of your children and friends and family for the holidays.

Merry Christmas to you and all in hubland too!

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