Greeting cards

Description

The Greeting Card series contains more than 250 greeting cards received by Abigail B. Homer and other members of her family throughout the 1940s and 1950s. Cards include birthday, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, get well, graduation, party invitations, and others. Also included is a letter written by the donor providing background on the family and her impressions of the cards regarding their style, paper, pictures, and humor. Other items included in the collection are a newspaper clipping from 2008 about how greeting cards have changed in recent years, notes from the donor about the cards jotted on envelopes or sheets of paper, and a Lovell & Covel chocolates box in which the donor sent the first batch of greeting cards to Historic New England.

These cards are different from what are seen in shops at the beginning of the 21st century. The artwork is often more cute in style and some look like copies of hand-painted images. Notably apparent, however, are several cards with African-American images and written in a way to denote African-American speech or slang.

Details

Descriptive Terms

holidays
commemorations (events)
celebrations
Christmas
Easter
parties
illness
greeting cards
birthday cards
cards (information artifacts)
correspondence
invitations
letters (correspondence)
printed ephemera
valentines
clippings (information artifacts)
boxes (containers)
Christmas cards
Easter cards
notes

Physical Description

20 folders, including 254 greeting cards + 1 Lovell & Covel chocolate box

Collection Code

MS035

Collection Name

Abigail B. Homer family papers

Date of Acquisition

2006, 2009

Reference Code

MS035.01

Acquisition Type

Gift

Credit Line

Gift of Abigail B. Homer

Record Details

Originator

Homer, Abigail B. (Recipient)
Homer, Helen Everett (Barksdale)
Homer, Thomas Johnston, Mr.

Material Type

greeting cards
birthday cards
cards (information artifacts)
correspondence
invitations
letters (correspondence)
printed ephemera
valentines
clippings (information artifacts)
boxes (containers)
Christmas cards
Easter cards
notes

Other People

Homer, Thomas Johnston, Mr.
Homer, Helen Everett (Barksdale)

Subjects

Graduation

Description Level

Series