Antique 1881 Louis Prang Christmas Card Silk Edging Chromolithography

Up for bid is a beautiful antique L. Prang Christmas Card with Silk Edging from 1881. Item is in outstanding shape considering its, basically, a 130'ish year old greeting card.

Below is some history on Louis Prang "The Father of the American Christmas Card" and the chromolithography technique he used in creating the card. Very interesting.

Louis Prang (1824-1909) was a lithographer and publisher known for the creation of the chromolithographic color printing process. Because his company was first to make commercially printed holiday greeting cards available to the public, Prang is often referred to as the "father of the American Christmas Card."

Prang was born on March 12, 1824 in Breslau, Prussian Silesia, in what is now Poland. At age 13, he began an apprenticeship with his father, Jonas Louis Prang, a textile manufacturer. He studied wood and metal engraving, and learned to dye and print calico. After traveling as a journeyman printer and dyer in Europe, he returned to Prussia and became involved in revolutionary activity against the Prussian government. Prang then left for Switzerland, and soon after emigrated to the United States, settling in Boston in 1850.

By 1851, Prang was working for Frank Leslie, then the art director of Gleason's Magazine, making wood engravings to illustrate publications. In
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