Enoch Pratt Free Library showcases new holiday greeting card exhibit

BALTIMORE - The thousands of cards on display at the Enoch Pratt Free Library give visitors a glimpse into Christmas past.

"So this would've been at the end of World War II. Yep, you're right. It says, 'High speed trucks will be on their way for a very Merry Christmas,'" says Jack Young, reading a card from the 1940's.

Young helped organize the exhibit, he says each of the more than 7,000 Christmas greeting cards is a donation to the library, each with a personalized holiday message.

"By donating these cards to us, these people are allowing us into their warmest and some of their most intimate memories," Young says.

The cards date back to the 1800's.

"It makes you think about what was going on during that time, when you read something from the 30's or you read something from the 50's, you think about what was the geopolitical atmosphere of the world? What was the economy of the world?" Says Young.

For visitors, it's a look back into how their grandparents, and even great grandparents, sent out holiday wishes.

"I like this one from 1923. It says, 'The gayest old greeting on land or sea,'" reads William Morrison.

Even the evolution of Saint Nicolas can be seen through the historical cards.

"Santa Claus has followed the history of human kind, Western human kind. And so you can look at these exhibits and you can actually see how that history changes visually," Young says.

You can check out the exhibit through January at the Enoch Pratt Free Library.


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