Winter Wonderland: Holiday Cards from the Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers

November 6, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Exhibited in the Archives’ New York Research Center Gallery

Every year in December, painters Kathleen Blackshear (1897–1988) and Ethel Spears (1902–1974) received a flurry of holiday cards. These hand-made sentiments are testament to their close relationships with fellow artists, students, and friends active in the Chicago art scene.

Both Blackshear and Spears were influential teachers at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where they first met in the late 1930s. They became lifelong partners and worked at the AIC School until retiring to Texas in the early 1960s. For decades, they amassed this virtual winter wonderland of holiday cards, a collection which undoubtedly brought cheer to the cold Chicago winter.

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Winter Wonderland: Holiday Cards from the Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers

Fred Spann christmas card to Ethel Spears

Fred Spann christmas card to Ethel Spears, 19--

Creator: Fred Spann

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Winter Wonderland: Holiday Cards from the Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers

Maurice Chevalier christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear

Maurice Chevalier christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear, 19--

Creator: Maurice Chevalier

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Winter Wonderland: Holiday Cards from the Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers

Herman H. Graff christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear

Herman H. Graff christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear, 19--

Creator: Herman H. Graff

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Winter Wonderland: Holiday Cards from the Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers

Blanche Erst Christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear

Blanche Erst Christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear, between 1930 and 1970?

Creator: Blanche Erst

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Winter Wonderland: Holiday Cards from the Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers

Rowena C. Fry christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear

Rowena C. Fry christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear, between 1930 and 1960?

Creator: Rowena C. Fry

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Winter Wonderland: Holiday Cards from the Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers

Mildred Waltrip christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear

Mildred Waltrip christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear, 195-?

Creator: Mildred Waltrip

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Winter Wonderland: Holiday Cards from the Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers

Gordon Kensler Christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears

Gordon Kensler Christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears, 195-?

Creator: Gordon Kensler

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Winter Wonderland: Holiday Cards from the Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers

Gordon Kensler, Or. christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear

Gordon Kensler, Or. christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear, 1960

Creator: Gordon Kensler

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Winter Wonderland: Holiday Cards from the Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers

Gordon Kensler christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear

Gordon Kensler christmas card to Kathleen Blackshear, 196-?

Creator: Gordon Kensler

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Winter Wonderland: Holiday Cards from the Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers

Marian Witt Christmas card

Marian Witt Christmas card, 195-?

Creator: Marian Witt

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Winter Wonderland: Holiday Cards from the Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears papers

Henriette Mueller Christmas card to unidentified recipient

Henriette Mueller Christmas card to unidentified recipient, 195-?

Creator: Henriette Mueller

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