COVID Card #207

November 28, 2020 | 0 comments

The name Prang may be familiar to you. In 1882, L. Prang and Company began selling art supplies to Americans. The founder, Louis Prang, was a printer, lithographer, publishers, and advocate for bringing art education to children.

In 1875, more than 30 years after the first Christmas card was printed in Britain (apparently, you weren’t going to see a lot of nativity scenes or giant air-fill snow globes in front yards in Puritan society), Prang printed the first Christmas card in the United States. According to the Smithsonian Magazine (if you missed the link with card 206, you get a second chance here), the card featured a painted flower and a simple greeting, “Merry Christmas.”

Read the whole story at the New England Historical Society website, it’s a good one.

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The United States Postal Service has been hit hard by the pandemic. Controlling elements of the Federal Government (the president and Republican Senate) do not want to provide aid to the service. So, it’s up to us. It may seem insignificant, but if we all sent just a few letters a week, we could help ensure that our daily, free mail delivery service continues. For the past (see the card number above) days, I have drawn a card each day and mailed it to someone the next day (none are sent on Sundays; two are sent on Mondays). Please consider mailing cards and letters while we still can for 55 cents (first class letter postage). If the USPS fails, you could find it costs $8 or more to send a letter. And that’s just one of the ways we will all lose if the USPS shuts down.

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