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American Christmas Cards 1900-1960 (Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design & Culture)

Ames, Kenneth L.

Verlag: Bard Center, 2011
ISBN 10: 0300176872 / ISBN 13: 9780300176872
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Titel: American Christmas Cards 1900-1960 (Bard ...

Verlag: Bard Center

Erscheinungsdatum: 2011

Einband: Soft cover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "Whether you're a student of graphics and American material culture, or merely fascinated by the power of images and the appeal of Christmas, this book is well worth the price of admission. In fact, flipping through the pages is a bit like filling up on a bowl of Christmas candywithout the calories. Highly recommended."Judy Penz Sheluk, New England Antiques Journal. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0300176872

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The power of Christmas derives from the appeal of its repeated rituals, the presumed antiquity of its traditions, and its ability to adapt to changing cultural conditions. Christmas cards seemed inevitable and ubiquitous, but in recent years the genre has been visibly in decline. It is now evident that the Christmas card was a culturally specific artifact, a distinctive way in which a fundamental human gesture could be expressed within a commercial, materialistic, and rapidly changing society. 

This stylish book explores the imagery, graphic forms, subject matter, and significance of Christmas cards in their chronological timeframe to reveal an important area of American material culture. There is much to surprise and delight.

Über den Autor: Kenneth L. Ames is professor of American decorative arts at the Bard Graduate Center. He is the author of Beyond Necessity: Art in the Folk Tradition and Death in the Dining Room and Other Tales of Victorian Culture, and editor of Victorian Furniture.

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