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Accession Number: 2007.4.7

Entitled: Old Fairgrounds, 1969

Physical Description: Christmas card on heavy, light green cardstock. Large, bifold card with horizontal orientation. Card is folded along the top edge. Watercolor painting on front shows a group of children sledding down a hill. Grandstands and the Topeka skyline in the background. The image is outlined in black ink. Sky is painted blue and white, ground is painted and speckled white. Children's clothing is painted orange, green, blue, red, yellow, and purple. Capitol is only building with any color; its dome is green. Artist's initials and date written at center of right edge. Hand-lettered message on interior. Lettering is rendered in red and black ink. Interior is decorated with trees and ivy leaves, all with black outlines and painted red. Back is blank.

History of Object: Cards were sent to donor's aunt and uncle, John Leo and Blanche Kilfoy, by Louis and Lillian Glynn of Topeka. Louis Glynn was a stenographer for the Santa Fe Railroad. He was also a self-trained artist, and beginning in the 1940s, he created at least 300 Christmas cards by hand each year. Glynn manufactured the cards in an assembly-line manner in his basement. Each card and its envelope was also hand-lettered and personalized. For more information on the process Glynn used to create his cards, see the accession file.

Date: 1969

Dimensions (in cm): 15.00 (H) 23.20 (W)

Marks/Inscriptions: [front, center right edge] L.G. '69 // [interior] All good wishes / to Blanche and Leo / for Christmas / [trees] / Lillian and Lou //

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Event: Holidays
    Origin, Place of: Shawnee County (Kan.)
    Origin, Place of: Topeka (Kan.)
    Activity / Occupation: Art
    Group: Artists
    Event: Christmas
    Event: Fairs
    Theme/topic: Fairgrounds (Topeka, Kan.)
    Individual: Glynn, Louis

Creators and Contributors

    Glynn, Louis

Status: Cataloged

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