Handmade Holiday Cards from the Archives of American Art

November 27, 2013 to January 5, 2014
Exhibited in Washington, D.C. at the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery

Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th Century Artists

The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art holds in its collections hundreds of handmade holiday cards. The cards featured in this exhibition reveal how artists imagined the holidays through whimsical watercolors, quirky collages, and cheerful prints and drawings.

These handmade cards confirm the irrepressible artistry of their senders and evoke the gift-giving spirit of the holiday season.

Order the book Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th-Century Artists by curator Mary Savig.

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Handmade Holiday Cards from the Archives of American Art

Hale Woodruff Christmas card to James Mullen

Hale Woodruff Christmas card to James Mullen, 1972

Creator: Hale Aspacio Woodruff

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Robert Indiana greeting card to Dorothy C. Miller

Robert Indiana greeting card to Dorothy C. Miller, 1964

Creator: Robert Indiana

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Howard Mandel holiday card to Ralph Fabri

Howard Mandel holiday card to Ralph Fabri, 1973 Dec.

Creator: Howard Mandel

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Rudolph Schaeffer Christmas card to unidentified recipient

Rudolph Schaeffer Christmas card to unidentified recipient, 19--

Creator: Rudolph Frederick Schaeffer

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Gerry Badger Christmas card to Samuel J. Wagstaff

Gerry Badger Christmas card to Samuel J. Wagstaff, 1979-1980?

Creator: Gerry Badger

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Lenore Tawney, New York, N.Y. christmas card to Maryette Charlton, New York, N.Y.

Lenore Tawney, New York, N.Y. christmas card to Maryette Charlton, New York, N.Y., 1965 Dec.

Creator: Lenore Tawney

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Philip Guston Christmas card to Dorothy Canning Miller

Philip Guston Christmas card to Dorothy Canning Miller, not after 1980

Creator: Philip Guston

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Frances Foote Christmas card to Prentiss Taylor

Frances Foote Christmas card to Prentiss Taylor, between 1907 and 1991

Creator: Frances Foote

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Alexander Calder holiday card

Alexander Calder holiday card, 1930

Creator: Alexander Calder

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono Christmas card to Joseph Cornell

John Lennon and Yoko Ono Christmas card to Joseph Cornell, 1971 Dec. 23

Creator: John Lennon

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Un-Ichi Hiratsuka Christmas card to Prentiss Taylor

Un-Ichi Hiratsuka Christmas card to Prentiss Taylor, 1970

Creator: Un-Ichi Hiratsuka

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Janet LaSalle Christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears

Janet LaSalle Christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears, 196-?

Creator: Janet LaSalle

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Nassos Daphnis holiday card to George Constant

Nassos Daphnis holiday card to George Constant, 19--

Creator: Nassos Daphnis

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Abril Lamarque Christmas card to unidentified recipient

Abril Lamarque Christmas card to unidentified recipient, 1930 Dec.

Creator: Abril Lamarque

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Dan Flavin christmas card to Andrew A. Bucci

Dan Flavin christmas card to Andrew A. Bucci, 1963

Creator: Dan Flavin

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Andrew Bucci Christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear

Andrew Bucci Christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear, between 1920 and 1990

Creator: Andrew A. Bucci

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Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears Christmas card to Andrew A. Bucci

Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears Christmas card to Andrew A. Bucci, 1964

Creator: Kathleen Blackshear

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Michael Bidlo Christmas card to Leo Castelli

Michael Bidlo Christmas card to Leo Castelli, 198-?

Creator: Michael Bidlo

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Ray Johnson Christmas card to Helen DeMott

Ray Johnson Christmas card to Helen DeMott, between 1927 and 1995

Creator: Ray Johnson

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Lena Gurr holiday card to Ralph Fabri

Lena Gurr holiday card to Ralph Fabri, not after 1975

Creator: Lena Gurr

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Ed Bisese Christmas card to Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.

Ed Bisese Christmas card to Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr., 1992

Creator: Ed Bisese

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Alexandra Darrow christmas card to unidentified recipient

Alexandra Darrow christmas card to unidentified recipient, 1957

Creator: Alexandra Darrow

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Holiday card from Bill Brincka to Ethel Spears and Kathleen Blackshear

Holiday card from Bill Brincka to Ethel Spears and Kathleen Blackshear, 19--

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Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt Christmas card to Arthur Danto

Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt Christmas card to Arthur Danto, 1992

Creator: Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt

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Don Baum Christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear

Don Baum Christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear, 19--

Creator: Don Baum

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Rowena Fry Christmas card to Ethel Spears

Rowena Fry Christmas card to Ethel Spears, between 1930 and 1960?

Creator: Rowena C. Fry

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Richard Tuttle Christmas card to Samuel Wagstaff

Richard Tuttle Christmas card to Samuel Wagstaff, 196-

Creator: Richard Tuttle

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Jean Gerometta christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear

Jean Gerometta christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear, 19--

Creator: Jean Gerometta

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Jose de Creeft Christmas card to Julian E. Levi

Jose de Creeft Christmas card to Julian E. Levi, 1970

Creator: José De Creeft

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Milton Avery holiday card to Fred and Adelaide Morris Gardner

Milton Avery holiday card to Fred and Adelaide Morris Gardner, not after 1965

Creator: Milton Avery

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Marilyn Brownell Christmas card

Marilyn Brownell Christmas card, 1974

Creator: Marilyn Brownell

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Frederick Hammersley Christmas card to unidentified recipient

Frederick Hammersley Christmas card to unidentified recipient, ca. 1952-53

Creator: Frederick Hammersley

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Linda Stern Christmas card designed by Peter Hunt

Linda Stern Christmas card designed by Peter Hunt, 193-?

Creator: Linda Stern

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Nickolas Muray and Ruzzie Green Christmas card

Nickolas Muray and Ruzzie Green Christmas card, 1936

Creator: Nickolas Muray

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Lois M. Jones holiday card to Martin Birnbaum

Lois M. Jones holiday card to Martin Birnbaum, ca. 1937

Creator: Lois Mailou Jones

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Ann Parker christmas card to Ray Gloeckler

Ann Parker christmas card to Ray Gloeckler, between 1980 and 2009

Creator: Ann Parker

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Bobby Donovan holiday card to Jacob Kainen

Bobby Donovan holiday card to Jacob Kainen, 1994

Creator: Bobby Donovan

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Christmas card from Alfred Frueh to Wood Gaylor

Christmas card from Alfred Frueh to Wood Gaylor, Between 1921 and 1945

Creator: Alfred Joseph Frueh

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Miné Okubo christmas card to unidentified recipient

Miné Okubo christmas card to unidentified recipient, 1959

Creator: Miné Okubo

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Lyonel Feininger Christmas card to George Constant

Lyonel Feininger Christmas card to George Constant, between 1950 and 1956

Creator: Lyonel Feininger

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Claes Oldenburg holiday card to Samuel Wagstaff

Claes Oldenburg holiday card to Samuel Wagstaff, 196-

Creator: Claes Oldenburg

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Reiji Kimura Christmas card to Dorothy Canning Miller

Reiji Kimura Christmas card to Dorothy Canning Miller, 1966

Creator: Reiji Kimura

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Dorothy & Irwin Hoffman Christmas card

Dorothy & Irwin Hoffman Christmas card, 1949

Creator: Irwin D. Hoffman

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Wallace Berman holiday card to Jay DeFeo

Wallace Berman holiday card to Jay DeFeo, 1970 Dec. 22

Creator: Wallace Berman

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Josef Albers, Black Mountain, N.C. postcard to Marcel Breuer, Cambridge, Mass.

Josef Albers, Black Mountain, N.C. postcard to Marcel Breuer, Cambridge, Mass., 1938 or 1939

Creator: Josef Albers

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Elizabeth Davey Lochrie Christmas card to W. Langdon Kihn

Elizabeth Davey Lochrie Christmas card to W. Langdon Kihn, 19--

Creator: Elizabeth Davey Lochrie

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Helen and Cleanthe Carr Christmas card to Alfred Frueh

Helen and Cleanthe Carr Christmas card to Alfred Frueh, 194-?

Creator: Cleanthe Carr Weill

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Ad Reinhardt Christmas card to unidentified recipient

Ad Reinhardt Christmas card to unidentified recipient, between 1927 and 1968

Creator: Ad Reinhardt

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Noche Crist christmas card to Prentiss Taylor

Noche Crist christmas card to Prentiss Taylor, ca. 1962

Creator: Noche Crist

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James Brooks Christmas card to Dorothy Canning Miller

James Brooks Christmas card to Dorothy Canning Miller, 1969

Creator: James Brooks

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Moses Soyer letter to Daniel Soyer

Moses Soyer letter to Daniel Soyer, 196-

Creator: Moses Soyer

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Minnie S. Martin Christmas card to James Mullen

Minnie S. Martin Christmas card to James Mullen, ca. 1966

Creator: Minnie S. Martin

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