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Christmas Cards of Old

By Lotuff Leather

Bard Graduate Center, Yale Press

The traditions of the classic American Christmas are forever immortalized almost anywhere one looks this time of year. Some of them continue to be popular and cherished today, while others remain only in the American imagination. The latter can be relived and appreciated by looking back into the past.

That's why Kenneth Ames' new book American Christmas Cards, 1900-1960, as noted in this weekend's Wall Street Journal, is such a great concept. The book includes 375 of the best Christmas cards from the first half of the twentieth century. They show how people wanted to represent their holidays and their well-wishes in a time when a quick e-mail greeting wasn't possible or available.

Bard Graduate Center, Yale Press