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CARD, GREETING
[Documentary Artifact]


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Accession Number: 2004.37.2

Physical Description: Christmas card from Amelia Earhart and George Putnam. Printed in black on heavy off-white paper. Drawing shows the outline of the United States with New York and Los Angeles represented by a cluster of skyscrapers on either coast. The country is drawn to show the curvature of the earth. At the center, caricatures of Earhart and Putnam wave to the viewer as they lean out of the windows of a plane. Scattering of stars in the sky. The drawing is signed by the artist in the lower right. Lettering across top and center of image. Back is plain white.

History of Object: According to Library/Archives staff, the donor's family knew Earhart and Putnam, and the couple stayed with the family when they visited the British Isles. Putnam and Earhart met in 1928 when the publisher contacted the aviatrix to ask her to become the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger. They were married in 1931 and shared a mutually beneficial union. Earhart wrote a book for Putnam's publishing house about her trip from Newfoundland to Wales, and Putnam organized Earhart's flights, public appearances, and endorsement deals. Earhart disappeared over the Pacific during an attempted around-the-world flight on July 2, 1937. Estimated date of the card is based on this timeline.

Date: Between 1931 and 1936

Dimensions (in cm): 11.90 (H) 16.00 (W)

Marks/Inscriptions: CHRISTMAS GREETINGS! / from / AMELIA EARHART AND GEORGE PALMER PUTNAM / L.A. N.Y. //

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Individual: Putnam, George Palmer, 1887-1950
    Event: Christmas
    Individual: Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937
    Activity / Occupation: Aviation

Status: Cataloged

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