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Christmas: Vintage Holiday Graphics (Icons) [Paperback]

By Jim Heimann (Editor) & Steven Heller
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'Twas the night before Christmas... Created in 1862 by American political cartoonist Thomas Nast, the white-bearded, red-suited Santa Claus has become synonymous with Christmas itself. This collection of American imagery from the first decades of the 20th century pays homage to Old St. Nick and his familiar cast of characters via vintage graphic and print media such as greeting cards, postcards, ads, decorations, and more. A brief introduction describes the evolution of Santa Claus and the tradition of Christmas.

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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.88 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2005
Publisher   Taschen
ISBN  3822845868  
ISBN13  9783822845868  

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More About Jim Heimann & Steven Heller

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jim Heimann is a cultural anthropologist, graphic design historian, and the executive editor for Taschen America. He is the author of numerous books on architecture, pop culture, and the history of the West Coast, Los Angeles, and Hollywood. His unrivaled private collection of ephemera has been featured in museum exhibitions around the world and dozens of books.

Jim Heimann currently resides in Los Angeles.

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8Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Holidays > Christmas > General

Reviews - What do customers think about Christmas: Vintage Holiday Graphics (Icons)?

Nice Clipart - Scan it in...  Mar 3, 2008
Nice Clipart...some good old classic generic clipart.
I scan it in...wish it was already scanned in.

Great price...
You should be happy.
Yes, it made me smile, but....  Feb 8, 2006
While I enjoyed looking at the array of graphics, and I did wallow in warm fuzzies of Christmas past, I was disappointed that most of the graphics were grainy, some cut off, and several pages of my book looked like they had been ripped by a binding machine. Still, I put it out, and people really enjoyed looking through it and smiling that smile of rememberance which Christmas can bring.
Sentimentalist that I am...  Nov 20, 2005
I LOVE this book. Looking back at the advertisements of old and their sweet innocence that overflows with joyful, happy faces, beautiful snowy landscapes, warm fireplaces, and delicious food is really unnecessary. We have things SO much better these days. Our country is not divided, our culture is not at all coarse or crude, violent crime is almost unheard of, kids respect themselves and each other, and our mental health is so much better than in those old, foolishly sappy days.

I need to stop thinking of the nostalgic times that this book recounts, and concentrate on the reality of today which is so very much better than in those days. I mean that....Honestly....I do...It REALLY is better today...No kidding....For real...Just look around-you'll see.
A festive wrap  Nov 5, 2005
The latest Taschen Icon graphics book finally catches up with the American festive season and presents a delightful collection of historical printed matter. I liked the comprehensive selection of items, cards, wrapping paper, parcel tags, consumer ads, magazine covers, photos of house decorations, sheet music covers and all in color. Historically they come from Victorian times to about the mid-sixties.

Kris Kringle obviously gets a good showing and I was surprised to see that he was depicted as a plump guy many years before illustrator Haddon Sundblom fixed his size for ever in 1932 for the first of his annual Coca-Cola paintings. Incidentally, as the drinks company has used Christmas as a strong selling point hundreds of items they have created can be seen in 'Coca-Cola Collectible Santas' (ISBN 1887432930).

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