"A Merry Christmas" Postcard with Holly Leaves



"A Merry Christmas" Postcard with Holly Leaves


This postcard is oriented horizontally and has a white background, edging all sides with a white border. Against the white background is a metallic and stylized gold image, made of various rectangular, triangular, striped, and circular borders. In front of this gold background, coming from the bottom left corner to the upper right corner is a stem of holly leaves and berries. The stem of this sprig of holly starts in the lower left corner with smaller leaves, and a row of three holly berries there. As the sprig stretches toward the upper right corner, there are more leaves which are larger in size, with more bunches of berries extending from the stem. Above the bottom of the stem on the upper left corner of the postcard is a red, irregularly shaped circle (similar to the looks of a wax circle). Inside of this circle is a black and white depiction of an African-American woman standing in the open doorway of a log cab in winter. Icicles hang from the cabin, and she stands smiling widely in the doorway with the door swinging open into the house behind her. She wears a long-skirted and long-sleeved dress (though the sleeves are rolled up to her elbows) with an apron over her middle. On her head is a hat and she reaches out in front of her with her right hand. Outside the cabin is an older, bearded African-American man with his right side facing the viewer. He uses a closed umbrella to lean on with his right hand and holds up a dead goose with his left hand. The white goose is held by its tied-together legs from the man's hand, which is covered by a mitten. He wears a black top hat with a long black overcoat that hangs open. Out of his pocket on the right side pokes a cloth. In the background behind him, snow covered pine trees are visible. In the red seal around this image it reads, "A Merry Christmas" in thin gold script.


Roseliep Christmas Postcard Collection
Roseliep, Raymond
Christmas Postcards


Raymond Roseliep Collection. Finding aids for the collection can be found at http://libguides.loras.edu/special/roseliep




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Hahn, Sara




Date postcard was scanned: 20151110






Box 1, Tab 17

Original Format


Physical Dimensions

14x9 cm


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