No date. Circa 1890s?
Two-sided accordion-fold fabric-covered scrapbook 13 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches, containing 55 single sheet samples of holiday cards, mostly chromolithographic. There were originally more than 54 cards in the scrapbook; many have been removed, leaving paper and glue residue behind. The cards on one side have fringed edges; on the other side the samples simple cards. Occasional pencil annotations provide information about price per box, etc. Rubbing and discoloration to covers, toning and tears to paper backing, 1 1/2 inch paper loss affecting one card, light soiling to some cards; cards in good condition overall, bright and attractive. Most of the beautiful cards preserved are Christmas cards, but Easter and the New Year are also included. Many delicate illustrations of birds and flowers with metallic highlights -- good inspiration for the modern artist or graphic designer. Includes large chromolithograph of what looks to be badminton or tennis playing on ice, very cute image of a child with her dolls, large Easter greeting card. Cards can be divided into four main categories: floral (25), human figures (9), birds (8), and landscape (3). Item #56417