Look back at 100+ mid-century retro Christmas cards from the ’50s & 60s

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Mid-century retro Christmas cards from the 50s 60s

THE HAPPY CONVENTION of sending Christmas cards to friends and family, which grew up in the last century, has reached a climax today. There are cards for all tastes and for all levels of sentiment from playfulness to holiness. They express in bright colors and patterns the way a majority of Americans have come to feel toward the season. – From Colliers, December 1952

Old Christmas cards from 1960 (2)


Warm wishes, friendly greetings, blessed & joyous Christmas (1960)

Old Christmas cards from 1960 (5)

Old Christmas cards from 1960 (1)


Your ‘Merry Christmas’ to all… with a special glow of pride (1951)

Your relatives, good friends, far and near … of course, they’re all on your list. But what about your doctor, pastor, the postman… and others to whom your thoughtfulness will mean so much. You’ll find lovely Gibson Cards, designed for each special person, now on display at better stores. Choose and send them with an extra glow of pride … for the Gibson name means you’ve said “Merry Christmas,” the very finest way. 

1951 Christmas cards


Snow Scene Under Arch by Britain’s Winston Churchill (1952)

Christmas card from 1952 - Snow Scene Under Arch by Britain's Winston Churchill


There’s a special welcome for the Christmas Card that shows you cared enough to send the very best (1950)

Now, you will find the most memorable Christmas greetings you have ever seen, at the fine store where you buy Hallmark Cards. Each card a perfect reflection of your own good taste as you convey the sentiments of the season. Each one with the “Hallmark” on the back that says “you cared enough to send the very best.”

You will find Christmas cards distinguished by the paintings of Mr. Winston Churchill, Britain’s great statesman, the world’s most famous amateur painter. Only on Hallmark Cards, will you see his delightful landscapes of old-world charm—peaceful snow scenes . . . a vivid hunting scene . . . beautiful English countrysides. And in each stroke of the brush — each rich flash of color —there is the same warmth and understanding that has made Winston Churchill’s name great among people the world over.

1950 Christmas Cards from Hallmark - Store display

There are also scenes of quaint New England villages; Christmases of long ago as Grandma Moses recalls and paints them — especially for Hallmark Cards. And you’ll want to see the Norman Rockwell collection which includes jolly Santas carolers, colorful “Dickens” scenes — portrayed with the same kindly humor you love in all his famous illustrations.

These are but a few of the many artists represented in the new Hallmark Christmas Card Selection for 1950—cards for every taste and every budget. Cards you know will be received with unusual pleasure . . . and displayed with unusual pride. And remember — the Hallmark on the back of every card carries a special message all its own … so very special, it will receive a special welcome.

Dec 4, 1950 Boxed Christmas Cards from Hallmark


A Nice Winter Morning by Grandma Moses (1952)

Christmas card from 1952 - A Nice Winter Morning by Grandma Moses

Vintage boxed Chistmas cards from Gibson - 1953


Christmas Visit by Laura Jean Allen (1952)

Christmas card from 1952 - Christmas Visit by Laura Jean Allen


Let the spirit of the first Christmas be your greeting (1951)

The immortal story of Bethlehem instills new hope in our hearts each Christmastime. What a warm, sleep satisfaction will be yours this year to know that you have remembered friends and loved ones with these Gibson Christmas Cards, so eloquently expressive of the true meaning of Christmas. A compliment to your thoughtfulness and good taste …

1951 Gibson religious Christmas cards

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5 cute mid-century retro Christmas cards (1960)

Old Christmas cards from 1960 (3)


Light a brighter candle of friendship for Christmas this year (1957)

A Norcross Christmas card is such a joy to send … such a joy to get, because Norcross cards always express the true warmth and sentiment of the season. The cards shown come from a special collection, selected for those who want to personalize their cards with an imprint of their name. A complimentary copy of the 1957 Norcross Blue Book, a handy calendar and date-book for card-sending occasions, is included with each order.

Vintage Christmas cards from 1957 (6)


Vintage Christmas cards from 1957 (10)


We two are wishing you / May the wonder of Christmas / Coming to say Merry Christmas & Happy New Year (1959)

Vintage Christmas cards from 1959 (1)


Rust Craft Christmas greeting cards – boxed sets (1953)

Rust Craft vintage Christmas cards from 1953


Christmas symbols and emblems on vintage cards (1957)

Vintage Christmas cards from the fifties - 1957 (2)


Santa in Paris by Rosalind Welcher (1952)

Christmas card from 1952 - Santa in Paris by Rosalind Welcher

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Wise men card & horses pulling a winter sleigh (1957)

Vintage Christmas cards from 1957 (7)


Retro Christmas cards – and a bottle (1962)

1962 Christmas cards


Christmas card for mom from the ’50s

Old '50s Christmas cards (2)


Tall folded retro holiday greeting cards

Old Christmas cards from 1960 (4)

Vintage Christmas cards from 1959 (3)


Three Kings by Edmund Lewandowski

Christmas card from 1952 -Three Kings by Edmund Lewandowski


Retro boxed Christmas cards from the ’50s
Vintage Christmas cards from 1957 (5)


Merry Christmas, MOM

Old '50s Christmas cards (1)


Merry Christmas with cute puppies

Merry Christmas with cute puppies - Vintage card


Cute animals and winter magic (1957)

Vintage Christmas cards from 1957 (1)

Vintage Christmas cards from 1957 (2)

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Next best thing to a visit… photo greeting cards (1955)

Kodak Christmas cards for family photos from 1955


A simple symbol of modern Christmas (1952)

Christmas card from 1952 - A simple symbol of modern Christmas


Classic X-mas cards (1957)

Vintage Christmas cards from 1957 (3)

Vintage Christmas cards from 1957 (4)

Vintage Christmas cards from the fifties - 1957 (1)

Vintage Christmas cards from 1957 (8)

Vintage Christmas cards from 1957 (9)

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Retro holiday greeting cards (1959)

Cute retro Christmas cards from 1959 (1)

Cute retro Christmas cards from 1959 (7)

Cute retro Christmas cards from 1959 (2)

Cute retro Christmas cards from 1959 (4)

Cute retro Christmas cards from 1959 (6)

Cute retro Christmas cards from 1959 (5)

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May the joy of Christmas/Best wishes/Wishing you all the joys of the holiday season (1959)

Cute retro Christmas cards from 1959 (3)


Say “Merry Christmas” the very finest way (1951)

At Christmastime, you can pay no more gracious compliment to those you remember than by sending cards they’ll recognize and appreciate as the very finest. You’ll find just such quality Christmas cards in each of these distinctive new boxed assortments by Gibson. Choose yours now for best selection while shopping is easy.

1951 Gibson Christmas cards


Preparing for Christmas by John Sharp (1952)

Christmas card from 1952 - Preparing for Christmas by John Sharp

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Any favorite snapshot will make a Christmas card that is yours alone (1967)

Nov 1967 Christmas cards


Snapshot photo Seasons Greetings cards from Kodak (1964)

Snapshot photo Seasons Greetings cards from 1964

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