Recently I checked in at the MSU Museum and was pleased to find this exhibit of pressed and embossed paper art was still in place.
These pieces were often given at Christmas, such as calendars and holiday items, like advent calendars, creches and Santa figures.
I'll save the Christmas pieces for next December, but I thought I'd share a few of the calendars and other pieces that were in the exhibit.
By 1910, Germany, which was at the center of the printing industry, had developed a process of embossing layers of heavy papers to produce colorful wall decorations.
I loved the combination wall-pockets/calendars.
Many of these were produced for companies around the United States. I was particularly fond of these birds, a detail from one of the calendars above. They're so cheery!
And the detail on the love birds is outstanding. (Even if my photo is a bit fuzzier than I wish!)
These puppies were just my cup of tea!
And all holidays came into play -- these patriotic calendars might well look perfect on July 4!
Of course, when it comes to pocket wall calendars such as these, I must say one of my favorites of all time is in my own collection.
My friend Jerry in Paris found this at a flea market. The embossing on the leaves climbing the trellis is deep and the die cuts are clean. It's one of my favorite treasures.
Curator Val Berryman is quite the Santa/Christmas man with an enormous personal collection, which includes these pieces. WKAR Radio did an interesting interview with him at the holidays. It's a couple of minutes long -- if you care to listen, you'll find it HERE! He's an interesting fellow and yes, the resemblance to one Mr. Claus is striking!
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