|Object Name||Card, Greeting|
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.
|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.
New Year cards
|Lexicon Sub-category||Documentary Artifact|
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