Neat Old Christmas Images in Art - Antique, Nostalgic Holiday Greetings

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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 Christmas card created by Louis Prang. It is so much fun, 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! From the 19th century. Its so cute the one sign that says, "Hurrah for Santy!"

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Image 2 is so sweet, I love the what Louis Prang also did here. This is from the American Antiquarian Society, and is a great image of 19th century art. I think its such a pleasant and happy image. A Christmas card by Louis Prang.

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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 is in the public domain now by the copyright holder. While the piece itself says J.H. Montogomerie, the source says its from Minnie Cunningham Montgomerie. So I am including all of that here. Its beautiful and so sweet, no matter what.

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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 is here is that it was proposed as a front piece for the 1976 White House Christmas Card.

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Image 5 - This is such a sweet old postcard from around 1910. The artist is Frances Brundage. It says simply, "A Merry Christmas", and has a little girl holding a doll. Very sweet.

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In image 6, we see another piece of art from Frances Brundage. It says the same thing the one in photo 5 said, simply, "A Merry Christmas." It is of a child like looking Santa taking toys out of a Santa Claus bag. Frances Brundage lived from 1854 - 1937.

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In image 7, we see a totally different looking Christmas card here. It was a piece commissioned by Henry Cole, and is in the the collection of Dr. Alan Huggins. The date for this piece is 1843, and is by John Callcott Horsley, from London. 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 8 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.

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!

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GmaGoldie 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


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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TheBoldBlend 4 years ago

Beautiful pics!

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CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

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

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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

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.

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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

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.

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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

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

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RVDaniels 4 years ago from Athens, GA

Very very very cool. Such beautiful graphics.

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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

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

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Preacherwolf2011 4 years ago from Bloomington, Indiana

Beautiful Hub for a wonderful season!

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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

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

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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

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

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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

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.

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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

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

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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

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

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2uesday 4 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

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.

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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

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. :)

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