Wednesday, December 2, 2009

White House + Christmas Cards

In brainstorming what we will do for your own Christmas Cards this year, I thought it would be inspiring to see what some of the First Families have sent over the years.
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt Christmas Card. "With Christmas Greetings and Best Wishes for a Happier Nineteen Forty-five." Featured for the first time on the Roosevelts' card was an etching of the North Portico of the White House flanked by two large trees. This year the President also sent the card to a number of heads of state. Brewood Engravers.
This 1954 enclosure card was included with President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower's gift print of George Washington given to their White House staff for Christmas in 1954. Printed by Hallmark Cards.
1963 Kennedy Glad Tidings Christmas Card. Painted by Jacqueline Kennedy as art for boxed Hallmark cards. Proceeds from their sale went to build what was eventually to become Washington's Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
1963 official Presidential Christmas Card for President & Mrs. John F. Kennedy. The art is a photograph of the Creche (Nativity) in the East Room of the White House. The sentiment reads, "With our wishes for a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year". Due to the President's tragic death, the cards were never sent. Before departing for Dallas, the President and First Lady signed less than 30 of what were to become rare collector's items. Hallmark Cards.
Official Christmas card of President Ronald Reagan. 1981 Christmas Card. Christmas Eve at the White House. Printed by Hallmark. Art by Jamie Wyeth. 65,000 cards printed. Sentiment: "The President and Mrs. Reagan extend to you their best wishes for a joyous Christmas and a peaceful New Year".
Official Christmas card of President Ronald Reagan, 1982. The painting of the Red Room, Mrs. Reagan's favorite room is by James Steinmeyer. 65,000 cards were printed by Gibson Greeting Cards. Sentiment: "With all best wishes for a joyous Christmas and a peaceful New Year from the President and Mrs. Reagan 1982."
1989 George Bush Greeting Card. Celebrating Christmas at the President's House. Design by William Gemmell, Director of Graphics at the White House. This as the first time an insider had painted the art for the First Family. "The President and Mrs. Bush extend their warmest wishes that Christmas and the New Year will hold much happiness and peace for you and those you love." Hallmark Cards.
The White House, An American Treasure. Painting by Ray Ellis. 1999 Clinton Christmas Card. "Our family wishes you and yours a blessed holiday season filled with treasured memories of past tradition and joy and peace in the new millennium." American Greetings.
Oil on canvas painting of the 1938 Steinway Piano in the Frand Foyer of The White House. Scripture Psalm 100:5 - For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. "May love and peace fill your heart and home during this holiday season and throughout the new year 2002." George W Bush Laura Bush. Hallmark Cards.
George W. Bush Christmas Card. T. Allen Lawson painted a nostalgic View From The Truman Balcony, The White House 2008. Original art was an Oil on linen 28" x 20". Reproduced by Hallmark.

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