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Object Name Postcard
Artist Clapsaddle, Ellen H.
Date 1912 copyright
Title To Greet You on St. Patrick's Day
Description St. Patrick's Day postcard. Color-printed and embossed illustration of a seated boy in green suit and hat, yellow waistcoat or vest, white shirt, green bow tie, and brown boots with buttons. He is holding a long horn. Printed green and gold inscription "To / Greet you / on / St. Patrick's / Day", with fine print "PAINTING ONLY / COPYRIGHTED BY / THE INT. ART PUB. CO. 1912". Artist's signature "Ellen H. Clapsaddle" appears at lower right. Reverse has divided back with printed headings and publisher information "International Art Publ. Co. / NEW YORK BERLIN / PRINTED IN GERMANY" and "Series No. 1450." Handwritten inscription: "Maggie Fitzpatrick".
(Keywords: Holiday, Twentieth Century)

Ownership and History The young boy pictured on this holiday greeting card is dressed as a leprechaun, the Irish fairy of folklore. The artwork was created by Ellen Clapsaddle, a noted American illustrator and commercial artist who was known for her pictures of children with sweet expressions. The verse printed beneath the illustration reads, "Erin, the tear and the smile / in thine eyes / Blend like the rainbow / that hangs in thy skies."

Earliest Date 1912
Latest Date 1915
Maker International Art Publishing Company
Material Paper
Subjects Postcards
Musical instruments
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number X16.0025
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, February 2016.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.