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American History Through Christmas Cards - Image Gallery Essay

Learn about the history of Christmas cards and their various uses during World War I and II, and in postwar America.
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Christmas Greetings to You in Red Cross Service

Date: 1918
Description: Holiday card with a nurse in uniform peering through a wreath she is holding. The card has a thin red border. The text below reads: "Christmas Greetings to...
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Christmas Greetings To You In Service

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Description: Holiday card with a uniformed nurse standing under mistletoe, while a soldier and a sailor are walking towards her, presumably to kiss her. Inside a red bo...
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Wish You a Merry Christmas

Date: 1951
Description: The inside of a holiday card. It shows the head of the company, D.C. (Clark) Everest, sitting at his desk. Four green frames across the top show different...
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Joy, Peace, Health, Happiness and Good Will

Date: 1942
Description: Holiday card with an atomic bomb exploding with "Joy, Peace, Health, Happiness and Good Will" flying out of it. Below is the verse: "The atom bomb brings g...
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Christmas Greetings to You, Jackie

Date: 1918
Description: Holiday card with a woman and a sailor. She is wearing a gold dress suit, a fur cape and a hat. He is wearing a sailor's uniform. She is throwing a garland...
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Season's Greetings, Let's Stamp Out the Dictators!

Date: 1942
Description: Holiday card with a 10ยข War Stamp Album glued inside. The front of the card shows Uncle Sam's large shoe kicking Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito into space....
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Merry Christmas

Date: 1918
Description: Holiday card with a soldier in a tan uniform reading a book with a little girl. The cover of the book says "FRENCH". She has a blonde ponytail with a blue...
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A Christmas Wish

Date: 1942
Description: Holiday card with the Statue of Liberty in the foreground. Four United States warplanes fly overhead and buildings with an American flag appear in the back...
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Joyeux Noel!

Date: 1918
Description: Holiday card with a soldier walking while carrying a child who is waving an American flag. The soldier is wearing a uniform and a campaign hat. Two childre...
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Season's Greetings

Date: 1942
Description: Holiday card showing Navy Pier in Chicago. There is snow on the ground, the lake is frozen and two lines of planes are flying overhead forming a "V" patter...
Postcard

Avec Vous Place Dans Votre Coeur Pour Nous?

Date: 1918
Description: Holiday postcard of a girl seated on stones, with a boy resting his head on her lap. Burned-out buildings along a street can be seen behind them. The image...
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Seasons Greetings, Happy Xmas

Date: 1942
Description: Holiday card with the American and Taiwan flags tied together with a cord with tassels. Above is "UNITED STATES" in a Chinese themed typeface. Between the...
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Xmas * Fatherless Children of France * 1917

Date: 1917
Description: Holiday card of three French orphan children, two boys and a girl, herding three geese. The youngest boy holds a switch. A meadow, trees and a house are vi...
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Holiday Card from McCloskey General Hospital

Date: December 1943
Description: Hand-drawn holiday card of a woman soldier in front of McCloskey General Hospital. She is in uniform and is saluting. There are cacti (cactus) in the foreg...
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Bundles For Japan

Date: 1943
Description: Holiday card with a clown holding three balloons that have "BOMB" painted on them, one in his left hand and two in a basket held in his right hand. A sign...
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Merry Christmas

Date: 1918
Description: Holiday card with a young girl looking at herself in the mirror. She is wearing a white dress with a green sash, white stockings, black shoes and a militar...
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Germany

Date: 1942
Description: Holiday card with a silhouette of a soldier with his gun, walking across a map of Germany outlined in red. The word "GERMANY" is printed in gray over it. I...
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Holiday Greeting, Western Union Telegram

Date: December 31 1917
Description: Holiday telegram from Western Union Telegram and Cable. The telegram form has a holiday theme. At the top is a banner with the text "Holiday Greeting" and...
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Holiday Card with a Military Theme

Date: 1918
Description: Holiday card of a window, looking outward from the inside of a house. On the sill is an American Eagle on a Federal Shield over a swag of holly and ribbon,...

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