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Object Name Card, Greeting
Date 1878
Description Greeting card; small rectangular card printed in black on off-white card stock; name printed in gold lettering: "Freeman V. Merrell." Card is decorated with an allegorical figure of a woman holding an anchor and a young child holding a sign with the year "1878" surrounded by a wreath of flowers. The words "A HAPPY NEW YEAR" are arranged in a semicircle around the rising sun as part of the design.
(Keyword: Holiday)
Ownership and History This card appears to serve the functions of both a calling card and a holiday greeting card.

The allegorical figure of the woman with an anchor probably represents Hope, and the child might be Baby New Year.

Freeman Vanname Merrell (1851-1926) would have been a young Staten Islander, 21 years old, when he used this card to extend New Year's greetings.
Earliest Date 1877
Latest Date 1878
Material Paper
Subjects Allegorical prints
New Year cards
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Merrell, Freeman
Catalog Number X14.0029
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, January 2015.
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