Easter Souvenirs (1890)


Messrs. L. Prang & Co., of Boston, display a very interesting line of Easter cards, booklets, etc.. They have been prepared for all ages and conditions of life, and undoubtedly possess rare artistic skill, both as to design and execution.

One of the largest (about 8×10) is The Angel at the Sepulchre. The poem, quite dramatic in its way, is by Esther Tiffany, and the full page illustrations which are skillfully managed are by William S. Tiffany. The heavy paper cover has a stalk of the Easter lily, which is outlined, as well as tin  lettering, in gold.

One very choice card from an artistic point of view, has a calla lily carelessly imbedded in double violets. It is certainly very elegant, and it is large enough (71/2 x 11) to display its merit to advantage.

Three oblong booklets that are exceedingly attractive and dainty, have the following titles, Jesus, lover of my Soul, Winged Winds, and Christ is risen. These are happily illustrated in colour, and are of the most delicate description.

Another which is charming in its quaintness, is of a placid old lady sitting in a rocking chair by the window, with spectacles and book resting idly in her lap. She forms an interesting picture, as she sits there in white kerchief and cap, and the motto beneath,”May thy declining years be tilled with Easter gladness,” is exceedingly appropriate.

Several others are illustrated with floral designs, and are gracefully arranged and naturally colored. The Robins’ Song is illustrated in monotints and is quiet in tone, and very pleasing to the eye. Some cards are mounted on rough paper, and this forms a border which is decorated by hand, sketchily it is true, but at the same time well done, as is everything else that is issued by this house.

Source: The American Bookseller, 1890

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