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Rare Books and Special Collections Greeting Card Collection
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Christmas cards, 1920s and 1930s

Subseries consists of 143 Christmas and New Years cards from the 1920s and 1930s, Many are decorated with ribbons or accompanied by their original envelopes.

Comic Valentines

The Comic Valentines sub-subseries contains 55 cards printed on cheap paper and are typically hand-coloured. The Comic Valentines sub-subseries consists of single-page greeting cards with woodcut images representing several stereotypes, usually po...

Stationer's Scraps

The Stationer's Scraps sub-subseries is comprised of 15 scraps of card. These consist of individual pieces of cutout card that have either fallen off existing cards, or which were meant to be used by a cardmaker in the fabrication of greeting...

Fold-out Valentines

The Fold-out Valentines sub-subseries consists of 33 cards that feature some sort of interactive component. This may include flaps that open to reveal hidden messages, or pop-up cards that can be folded out to make a free-standing three-dimensiona...

Victorian Valentines

The Valentines subseries consists of a variety of greeting card formats and styles from primarily the Victorian era but as late as the interwar period. These include a mix of cards that have been sent and kept by the receiver in addition to severa...

Christmas cards

Series consists of Christmas and New Year's greeting cards produced between approximately 1920 and 1989. Many cards come from universities and cultural institutions. Greeting companies like Hallmark and Carleton Cards are represented later on...

Christmas cards, 1940s

Subseries consists of 109 Christmas and New Years cards printed during the 1940s. Many feature people and family scenes. Also includes one booklet entitled "The House by the side of the Road" (Sam Walter Foss). Some cards produced by aid...

Handmade Valentines

The Handmade Valentines sub-subseries is comprised of 131 cards using a variety of craft materials.The Handmade Valentines sub-subseries consists of cards that have been collaged together by someone and include hand-finished details. They are typi...

Christmas cards, 1950s

Subseries consists of 120 Christmas and New Years cards produced during the 1950s. Many feature scenes of people or families as well as art reproductions. A number of cards are produced by universities or cultural organizations, including the Muse...

Holy cards and religious ephemera

Series consists of mostly Christian religious ephemera, including holy cards or prayer cards (small devotional images, often with passages of text from prayers), greetings cards with religious messages (often with the names of their recipients int...

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