Silk Screened Christmas/Holiday Cards

In 1972 when I was in Boston I bought a box of Shosha Christmas cards I saw in a store. I liked the boldness. They were silk screened. I like screen printing. In the following years I sought out their cards. All but two of the below are by Shosha. They are no longer in business. Their trademark was first issued in 1952. They were based in New York City. Silk screened Christmas cards were never easy to find. One current vendor is Great Arrow Graphics, though you won't find the boldness and pure colors found here. And some handmade ones can be found on Etsy and elsewhere for a price. Colors printed range from two to four in the cards below. Some scans below have poor color. Someday I will photograph those with a camera.
1972: Shosha. My first box that I found in a Boston store. The next year my mother turned the card into a tag for a present back to me. The card is 4" × 4-7/8". All cards here have the same reduction, so the size relationships are the same.

1972


1973: Shosha C40. While I don't recall the details in buying this card, in general the Shosha cards were always ordered from a sample book, at a department store like B. Altman's or Lord & Taylor's. Often I paid a premium to change the inside greeting to Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Many of the selected cards were generic enough that the default greeting was Happy Holidays, or something similar.

1973


1974: George Jensen 38017. I bought this one in the NYC George Jensen store.

1974


1975: Shosha X03

1975


1976: Shosha X17. A very poor scan. That white is an intense yellow. The pink is orange (yellow printed over red).

1976


1977: Shosha X07. At least the yellow appeared. But it should be an intense yellow, like the next card.

1977


1978: Shosha X16

1978


1979: Shosha X52

1979


1980: Shosha X 50

1980


1981: Shosha X59. All the Shosha cards have a light beige background. Though they scanned as white.

1981


1982: The Crockett Collection. Design by Mike Barger. This one does have a white background. I probably simply picked up this box in a store. The Crockett Collection closed in about 2005. Though I found some new-old-stock ones designed by Dale Candace Jackson on eBay for sale by the artist.

1982


1983: Shosha SC 110. The card does not look at all like this scan! Some squares are yellow. The blue dot should be green on yellow. All the pink backgrounds are really orange.

1983


1984: Shosha S 169-4. They changed their stock numbering in this year. The last digit is the year.

1984


1985: Shosha S 110-5

1985


1986: Shosha S 142-6. These colors came out well.

1986


1987: Shosha S 124-7

1987


1988: Shosha S 158-8. This would make a nice stained-glass panel, though my stained-glass fellow says this would be hard to make.

1988


1989: Shosha S 111-9. I have a full box of these. I bought them to send in 1989 and I never did. And I haven't sent any since.

1989


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