Christmas Greetings From Sylvia Muse.

by Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator

A number of years ago, the family of Sylvia Muse donated her postcard collection and research material.  Sylvia started her collection one year after she was born when her grandmother, Fianna B. Graybill,  sent her a first  birthday card with “bluebirds embossed on it and was beautiful” was sent to her by her grandmother, Fianna B. Graybill.

Sylvia was born in Lancaster County, Pa, to Henry M. & Harriet A. Dibble Graybill on Valentine’s Day in  1911.

Sylvia, age 4, at the family home near Hesston, Ks

A few years later, the family moved to Hesston, Ks.  All of her father’s family remained in Pennsylvania.  To keep in contact, cards and letters were mailed back and forth between the family.  Each card Sylvia received, she  placed in a special box.  As she got older, she would take out the cards and make up stories or her mother would sit with her and tell about her family in Pennsylvania who had sent the card.

In her later years, as she began writing her family history, the cards recieved from far away family provided a touchstone.  She described, “it was like meeting old friends and I thought of all those people who had sent me the cards.”

Christmas Greetings – Sylvia Graybill Dewey Muse

Muse had a large collection of Christmas cards and she noted, “I found that the cards reflect the issue and interest of that particular year.”

 

Sylvia Graybill Dewy Muse

She drew on the cards she had collected throughout her life to create a program as part of the “I-Witness” program at Larksfield Place, Wichita, Ks.

Sylvia Muse’s Christmas Greetings

The images below are pages from programs she gave in the 1990s based on her collection.  Notebooks with her complete Christmas collection will be available to view at HCHM on Dec. 2 through Dec. 30.

Early 1900s

1909

1912

1920s

1929 Card

1930s

1940s

 

1960s

Cards produced in the 1960s reflected events such as space travel.

1968

1969

1969

1970s

In the early 1970s, cards began showing children of different color and nationalities.

1972

1976

In 1977, Hallmark produced what would become their best selling Christmas card.  By 1996, 36 million cards with the three angels had been sold.

1977

Remake of the 3 Angels Card was not as popular, 1993.

1980s

1985 The Olympics

2000 A New Millennium

2001


 

2001

 

2002

 

Sylvia died October 27, 2012 at the age of 101.