Looking for Santa

christmas invite024I just love this invitation to a members day at The Huntington, which combines art museums, a rare book library and beautiful gardens in one setting.

The image is from a 1914 postcard titled “Looking for Santa” that is part of their collection. The peeling paper on the wing struts and visible cracking in the card are not damage to my invitation but rather a century’s wear and tear on the original.

redcoatThe little girl’s outfit reminds me of one my own mother wore as a child in the following decade of the 1920s. Our snapshot is black and white, but I tweaked her hat and coat because it felt like they would have been red, the perfect color to brighten winter’s gray days and long nights.

My biplane invitation not only kicks off the holiday season, but is also a “twofer” for this blog — a postcard in my mailbox based on one that arrived with someone else’s post 100 years ago.

May your own mailbox brim with tributes of the season in the coming weeks.

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