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Louis Prang: Innovator, Collaborator, Educator

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Peace on Earth Christmas card

This card, designed by Lizbeth B. Humphrey, won the third prize in the 1881 Christmas card competition. Here, a blonde woman stands on a crescent moon and extends an olive branch that she holds in her hand, while a dove escapes from the other.

Should with joy ye mortals pray

This card, designed by Dora Wheeler, won the second prize in the 1881 Competition. The retail cost of this card was $1.25 with fringed trim, or $.75 without. The poem on the back of the card is by New England poet Celia Thaxter. After winning $2000…

Good Saint Santa

This card, designed by Lizbeth B. Humphrey, won the second artist’s prize in the 1881 competition. A young girl kneels while Santa Claus is seen in the corner with a hand to his ear, listening to the girl’s wishes.

Boston Prize card

Entered for the fourth and final competition of Prang's Christmas cards in 1884, Humphrey's card won the popular prize by Boston votors and garnered much attention. Known as the "Boston prize card" this card depicts a woman and two children standing…

Heaven give you many many merry days.

This card, designed by C.C. Coleman, won third prize in the 1881 Christmas card competition. The back of the card features a short poem by New England poet Celia Thaxter. Thee card depicts an unlikely Christmas still life scene with an Oriental vase…

Joy. peace, health and plenty

This unsigned Christmas scene was likely an entry in the 1881 Christmas Card Competition. It sold in 1881 for $3 per set of twelve, and includes a poem by "N.C." on the back. The scene features a mother cat and her two kittens looking towards the…

Thy only wish, wish I thee in every place

Winner of the first prize in the second Christmas card competition, this card was designed by Elihu Vedder, an American artist and illustrator. The card, dedicated to his wife, depicts a woman dressed in gold, with Medusa-like ribbons flying from her…