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Object Name Card, Greeting
Date 1911 postmark
Title A Joyful Christmas
Description Greeting card (holiday postcard). Color-printed and embossed illustration of red flowers, with patterned gold band above and printed inscription below in gold lettering, "A / Joyful / Christmas". Reverse side is addressed to "Miss Alice Austen, / Rosebank, / Staten Island, / N.Y." and has handwritten note, "Merry Xmas and a / Happy New Year from Alma, Betty & Oswald. / 231 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, Cal." Reverse also has printed headings. Postmarked in Los Angeles, California, Dec. 20, 1911. Postage stamp value is one cent.
(Keywords: Floral, Holiday, Twentieth Century, New York City)
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 "Oswald" who signed the card is most likely Alice Austen's cousin, Oswald Townsend Austen.
Earliest Date 1908
Latest Date 1911
Material Paper
Subjects Christmas cards
Flowers
Postcards
Ephemera
Holidays
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Austen, E. Alice
Austen, Oswald Townsend
Catalog Number 45.002.0031
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.