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Object Name Card, Greeting
Date 1889 inscription
Description Greeting card. Rectangular sheet of cardboard with an illustration of light purple flowers and a sprig of ivy. Printed inscription above and below: "In wishing you a Christmas gift, / This blessing I would crave for you, / If fortune smiles or sorrow frowns, / May loving hearts / to you be true! / Clara Simmonds / Wishing you a / bright and / happy / CHRISTMAS." Reverse side has handwritten inscription, "With love & good / wishes of H. N. Errington / Decr 25. 1889". Reverse also has printed trademark for "RT&S / ARTISTIC SERIES" and maker information in fine print, "RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS. LONDON, PARIS, NEW YORK / DESIGNED AT THE LONDON STUDIOS AND PRINTED AT THE FINE ART WORKS IN SAXONY. / COPYRIGHT."
(Keywords: Floral, Holiday)
Acquisition From Alice Austen
Ownership and History This card is part of a collection of personal items that came to the Staten Island Historical Society from photographer Alice Austen in 1945.

The "H.N. Errington" who signed the card is most likely Harriet N. Errington, who operated Miss H.N. Errington's School for Young Ladies on Townsend Avenue in Clifton, Staten Island. Alice Austen attended Miss Errington's school.
Earliest Date 1886
Latest Date 1889
Maker Raphael Tuck & Sons
Material Paper
Subjects Christmas cards
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Austen, E. Alice
Errington, Harriet N.
Catalog Number 45.002.0028
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, January 2015.
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.