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American History Through Christmas Cards

Holiday postcard showing Santa Claus behind the steering wheel of his motorized sleigh
WHI 79944

Americans have been exchanging holiday cards for more than 150 years, and thousands of them have made their way into correspondence donated to the Wisconsin Historical Society. For the last several decades, archivists have set aside especially beautiful or evocative cards in a separate collection that now fills eight large boxes. This year, just in time for the holidays, they have scanned and posted more than 200 of the most interesting Christmas cards in a Wisconsin Historical Images gallery.

:: Posted December 22, 2010

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