The New Year card seems like it might be a more recent invention—a sign of our community’s growing multiculturalism to wish a happy new year and catch friends who celebrate religious holidays and friends who do not. But the New Year card is actually much older, and one of the first types of greeting cards sent—the Valentine’s Day card being the “first.” Only after Louis Prang perfected chromolithography in the 1870s did Americans start sending out Christmas cards and then other holiday greetings.
Among the many thousands of objects in Historic Cherry Hill’s collections are the beautiful holiday greetings the Rankins received from the 1870s through the 1960s, including this spy glass, which extends to see the waters ahead and sends New Year greetings.
What waters will we navigate in the year ahead?
May you always spy happiness in the New Year!