Christmas Cards From the Drapers and the Francis’?

 Posted by on December 20, 2011 at 6:10 am  Fan Art, Retro
Dec 202011

When my Mom’s basement flooded with 5 feet of water this past September, we had a lot of stuff to go through, including two bags mid-century  Christmas and Greeting cards.  Sadly, I had to dispose of all these memories, but not before I photographed every one of them, for I’m currently ‘reviving’ them with Photoshop to put in a Christmas book for Mom .  As I patch and brighten these images, I’ve been awed by the happy,  stylized designs that were so prominent in mid-century greetings.  I also couldn’t help but notice how innocent so many of them seem, no lewdness or rough humor, just  friendly greetings, pure and simple. The family influence was especially strong, and a couple of cards struck me as the kind of greetings that Betty Draper herself couldn’t resist! (How many “The Five Of Us” cards do you see today?)   Here’s two examples that I think she’d use for both of her marriages:

The first, as Betty Draper is desperate to prove that there’s nothing wrong with her happy life in Ossining:

The second, would be from a year later, as Mrs. Henry Francis:

And here’s 2 years of Christmas cards for Sally — See Sally, Everythings’s okay!


I’m happy to report that my Mom is doing fine, she’ll be 92 in February, and was pretty zen about the flooding.   As I told her “You always wanted to clean out the basement anyway.”  We’re very blessed and thankful that the water didn’t go past the basement; for many homes in our area, the damage was much worse. Wishing you all a beautiful, safe, and cozy Holiday Season! Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy Everything! -Therese




  4 Responses to “Christmas Cards From the Drapers and the Francis’?”

  1. These are great! Thanks for sharing. Sorry for your mom’s losses but what a wonderful gift you’re preparing for her!

  2. I actually read somewhere that if people are trying to clear up clutter & become less of a packrat, it’s a good idea to take a picture of something before getting rid of it or giving it away. The article was talking about how people can be sentimental and have trouble letting go, even when it’s not something they really need anymore. So taking a photo of it is sometimes a more streamlined way to preserve the memory.

    Of course in your case, there was a flooding and you were forced to get rid of damaged items. Still, it sounds like you had the right idea!!! 🙂

    • I’m actually thinking of doing it with all my undamaged pictures and Greeting cards I have in my basement! We all need less clutter, and this way I can recycle the originals! Paper clutter is the hardest to get rid of when it’s sentimental, but turning them into photobooks would take up a lot less space (I’m thinking report cards and elementary school art too!)

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