This Christmas card from 1932 was sent from Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Ranck.
Many people across the world send cards like this to family, friends, and loved ones around the holidays. The first greeting card was mailed in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole in England. A popular teacher, Mr. Cole had many letters he was unable to answer. He hired J. C. Horsley to paint a picture of a family spending time together with the phrase "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You" and had 1,000 copies made. This gave birth to the tradition of greeting cards.
Discovery Kit: Holiday Traditions (December 9 2019) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.